Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Michael Brown said his agency was attempting to work "under conditions of urban warfare."
Police snipers were stationed on the roof of their precinct, trying to protect it from armed miscreants roaming seemingly at will.
Officers warned a CNN crew to stay off the streets because of escalating danger, and cautioned others about attempted shootings and rapes by groups of young men.
"They have quite a few people running around here with guns," he said. "You got these young teenage boys running around up here raping these girls."
Elsewhere, groups of armed men wandered the streets, buildings smoldered and people picked through stores for what they could find.
As it turns out - if you choose to believe the nitwits at the Charleston Gazette, who believe without question an account provided by the former American communist political rag, The Nation - it was bad white men doing all the murder and mayhem back then. Really:
Racism: Vigilante shootings
Charleston Gazette editorial
During the chaos after Hurricane Katrina, bands of armed white males in one New Orleans neighborhood evidently shot black refugees who came to their all-white sector. At least 11 black men were shot and perhaps four were killed, according to sketchy reports.
So far, police haven't investigated the vigilante murders, but testimony is surfacing. The Nation magazine published a long report titled "Katrina's Hidden Race War." And a Danish film crew made an hour-long documentary, "Welcome to New Orleans," in which beer-guzzling white men gloat about shooting blacks who entered the Algiers Point white neighborhood.
[Rebecca Solnit] adds that white Louisianans spread false rumors alleging black looting and crimes after Katrina. The hysterical tales turned out to be imaginary. [link]
There you have it. The TV cameras that were televising live from helicopters overhead were mistaken. It was white racists who were causing all the problems in the streets. For weeks. In a city that was, at the time, 2/3rds black. With hundreds of (racist) (albeit liberal) reporters on street corners throughout the city distorting that which the cameras were mistaking.
These people - those at the Gazette, and The Nation, Rebecca Solnit - are pathetic. Beyond pathetic, they are laughable.
Keep it up guys. You make for great entertainment.