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Emergency workers prosecuted after Katrina.


CofCC.org News Team

Mayor Nagin did nothing to evacuate the city. Hordes of gang members pillaged, raped, and murdered at will. Scores of police officers joined in the looting.

After the chaos cleared, it wasn’t the hordes of violent criminals Nagin and his cronies sought to arrest. It was white emergency workers, who tried to hold things together, that black city officials sought to prosecute.

From AP…

Trapped in a hospital with 2,000 people in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Anna Pou recalls her throat burning from the rancid smell.

Toilets had backed up and temperatures in the eight-story building reached almost 110 degrees because the windows didn’t open. Power had failed, levees broke and 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded, including the hospital basement where the generators were.

It was completely dark at night. Stories of murders, gangs raping women and children circulated through Memorial Medical Center, where the people, including more than 200 patients, feared for their lives.

Pou, the doctor accused — and later cleared — of giving lethal doses of drugs to four patients during the chaos recalled the four days of misery in a recent interview with The Associated Press. It was her most detailed account of the scene where 34 patients died since the storm three years ago.

Pou was one of the last to leave Memorial. She returned to New Orleans — her house had not been flooded — from Baton Rouge a few months later at Thanksgiving. In January 2006, she started working at a Baton Rouge hospital, trying to put Katrina behind her.

Then, in July 2007, she was greeted by four police officers on her arrival home from a 13-hour day of surgery. They handcuffed her, still in her scrubs, and drove her to jail. She was booked on four counts of second-degree murder.

Attorney General Charles Foti accused Pou and two nurses of using a “lethal cocktail” of medication to kill four elderly patients. Pou has always maintained she killed no one during those desperate days, though she acknowledges patients were sedated.

She was forced to give up private practice and started teaching at the LSU medical school in Baton Rouge.

Months of pain and frustration set in.

A year after their arrest, the New Orleans district attorney dropped charges against the nurses, and a grand jury refused to indict Pou. Two civil lawsuits in the deaths are pending.

“I felt very alone,” Pou said of her year of fighting the criminal accusations. “Even if people were around me I felt an intense loneliness. It was as if no one knew what I was going through.”

Pou’s supporters believed she and the nurses acted heroically. A group of doctors and nurses held a rally on the anniversary of her arrest, and hundreds turned in support.

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Read about the mass violence during Katrina.

Photo Left: Mayor Ray Nagin. Probably the worst mayor in American. The overwhelming majority of black voters cast their ballot for him 2006 re-electing him to office after he declared that he would ensure that New Orleans remains a majority black city. Or as Nagin called it a “Chocolate City.”