Getting to the Truth of Violence in NOLA
"I think 99 percent of it is [expletive]," said Sgt. 1st Class Jason Lachney
(Via Crooks and Liars) I'm glad to know that, as horrible as conditions were in the Superdome, at least the rumors of murder and rape were just that, rumors.
And I do understand how such rumors get started and maintained
"Everything was embellished, everything was exaggerated," said Deputy Police Superintendent Warren Riley. "If one guy said he saw six bodies, then another guy the same six, and another guy saw them — then that became 18."
Sgt. Lachney continues
"Don't get me wrong — bad things happened. But I didn't see any killing and raping and cutting of throats or anything ... 99 percent of the people in the Dome were very well-behaved."
Most of the depraved behavior was rumor. The reactions to the rumors -- by the authorities who wouldn't let the Red Cross enter the city or the evacuees leave, the journalists and officials who spread unsubstantiated reports, the horrid comments on certain unnamed blogs -- were very real.
And Digby follows up on his earlier post about irrational fear of the "black mob," here, here, and here.