Tuesday, September 27, 2005

New Orleans Police Superintendent Announces His Resignation


New Orleans Police Superintendent Eddie Compass

Police Superintendent Eddie Compass resigned Tuesday after four turbulent weeks in which the police force came under fire for its conduct in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

"I served this department for 26 years and have taken it through some of the toughest times of its history. Every man in a leadership position must know when it's time to hand over the reins," Compass said at a news conference. "I'll be going on in another direction that God has for me."

Neither Compass nor Mayor Ray Nagin would say whether Compass was pressured to resign.

"It's a sad day in the city of new orleans when a hero makes a decision like this," Nagin said. "He leaves the apartment in pretty good shape and with a significant amount of leadership."

Earlier in the day, the department said that about 250 police officers -- roughly 15 percent of the force -- could face face discipline for leaving their posts without permission during Katrina and its aftermath.

Each case will be investigated to determine whether the officer was truly a deserter or had legitimate reasons to be absent, Deputy Chief Warren Riley said.

249 New Orleans Police Officers Left Posts

New Orleans police under pressure


At 3:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's his pension gonna be?

At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's not the only one that needs to go.

At 3:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's not the only one that needs to go

He probably won't be:



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