Corruption In New Orleans Law & Order System In The Wake Of Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Katrina
Among the many awful side effects of major natural disasters corruption in the basic systems residents in the United States rely on is probably the most frustrating and infuriating. In the case of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 this common side effect was the most evident in New Orleans, Louisiana. From police officers to the court systems in New Orleans Hurricane Katrina caused travesties of justice throughout the city affecting all of the residents who relied and counted on their government to uphold their safety and rights. The Law and Order system relies on police officers, prosecutors, and many more to uphold the standards and rights citizens expect from the United States government. The New Orleans’ Law and Order system proved to be weakened and corrupted after Hurricane Katrina, proven by select cases experienced by residents of New Orleans.
Lt. Travis McCabe and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Police Officers David Warren’s and Gregory McRae’s actions surrounding the death of 31 year old Henry Glover represent the worst of the New Orlean’s police system in post- Hurricane Katrina time. Each man is charged with a different and just as disturbing crimes. Officer Warren is charged with the shooting and death of Glover. His partner, Linda Howard, testified that Warren shot the unarmed Glover with his personal assault rifle as the man was fleeing across the Algiers strip mall parking lot. Warren claimed “I didn’t hit him.” but Howard told Warren that he had. There was confusion after the incident. His particular actions were not corrupt like those of Lt. Travis mcCabe and officer Gregory McRae’s but still negligent and a case of the breakdown of the law and order system.
Officer Gregory McRae Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann kicked off the clear cut corruption when, in an attempt, to hide the obvious wrongful death beat the witnesses attempting to help Glover after he was shot down and then burnt Glover’s body in a car abandoned on Algier’s levee. The tool to ignite the car fire was roadside flares, a tool normally used to help not harm. McRae admitted his guilt in the burning but not his knowledge that it was a cover up for the wrongful death of Glover. Lt. Scheuermann claimed Officer McRae unexpectedly threw a flare into the car and he had no previous knowledge that McRae was going to commit that crime. Lt. Joseph Meisch testified in court that he saw a pick up and another car drive by and then later a large plume of smoke. Meisch had no idea who was responsible for the smoke until both men came up to him later Mcrae laughing and Scheuermann with a blank look. Meisch expressed his interest in the smoke and the officers tried to hush his curiosity. Schueremann said “I got it.” and McRae told Meisch not to worry about it. Later Meisch discovered the burnt remnants of a human rib cage but reported nothing suspicious because Scheuermann had assured him he had it handled. This sequence of corruption was wrapped up by Lt. Travis McCabe when...

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