Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The quitters' club

New Orleans police chief Eddie Compass, who apparently lost his during Katrina, has decided to resign.
He had his troubles even before the hurricane's devastation, though.
As the city slipped into anarchy during the first few days after Katrina, the 1,700-member police department suffered a crisis. Many officers deserted their posts, and some were accused of joining in the looting that broke out. Two officers Compass described as friends committed suicide.
Gunfire and other lawlessness broke out around the city. Rescue workers reported being shot at. Compass publicly repeated allegations that people were being beaten and babies raped at the convention center, where thousands of evacuees had taken shelter. The allegations have since proved largely unsubstantiated.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, the department confirmed that about 250 police officers — roughly 15 percent of the force — could face discipline for leaving their posts without permission during Katrina and its aftermath.
Even before Katrina hit, Compass had his hands full with an understaffed police department and a skyrocketing murder rate. Before Katrina, New Orleans had 3.14 officers per 1,000 residents — less than half the ratio in Washington, D.C.

Compass is not alone in joining the quitters' club.
Canuckistan Liberal hotshot David Dingwall plans to quit his job, too.
OTTAWA (CP) - David Dingwall is set to resign as president of the Royal Canadian Mint, The Canadian Press has learned.
He will cite a desire to clear his name, a reliable source says.
The former Liberal cabinet minister has been under fire since reports surfaced that he and top aides racked up expenses of more than $740,000 last year.
Documents outlining the spending were obtained under the Access to Information Act by Conservative MP Brian Pallister.

This is the same Dingbat, er, Dingwall who is an integral figure in Adscam. This is the same Dingbat, er, Dingwall, who is up to his eyelids in the technology fund scam.
Follow David, follow the corruption???