August 30, 2005

Orleans Prison Riot

48 hours ago, reporters asked New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin what he intended to do about prisoners in the Orleans Parish Prison. He ignored the reporter, and apparently ignored the incarcerated. The inmates didn't appreciate it.

Via ABC News:

Inmates at a prison in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans have rioted, attempted to escape and are now holding hostages, a prison commissioner told ABC News affiliate WBRZ in Baton Rouge, La.

Orleans Parish Prison Commissioner Oliver Thomas reported the incident to WBRZ.

A deputy at Orleans Parish Prison, his wife and their four children have been taken hostage by rioting prisoners after riding out Hurricane Katrina inside the jail building, according to WBRZ.

The estimated rioting prisoners and their hostages are approximately one mile northwest of the Louisiana Superdome where thousands of civilians are awaiting evacuations.

(Via Yahoo Maps and a little graphics work)

I hope the National Guard troops coordinating the evacuation of the Superdome are armed, or this could get even uglier than it already is.

Michelle Malkin is all over this before I could even get this posted. She's that good.

9/2/05 Update: Prison Riot was bogus, but now it appears the convicts got out before the children, the elderly, and the ill. See here for more.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 30, 2005 09:38 PM | TrackBack

Worse are the amoral cretins (including apparently two police officers) who use tragedy as an excuse to steal. I posted the following at my blog Release The Hounds!:

"In 1992, the police officers who beat Rodney King are acquitted and the pent up rage born of years of oppression and mistreatment bursts forth in a frenzy of looting and pillaging. Years later it is still viewed as a cathartic event explained as a reaction to injustice and solemnly termed "The Uprising".

In 2005, vagaries in the direction and strength of the Gulf Stream conjoined with an area of tropical low pressure create Hurricane Katrina, drenching New Orleans with torrential rains and high winds. The pent up rage born of years of mild weather, sunshine and great Creole-based dining bursts forth in a frenzy of looting and pillaging. Years later it will hopefully be viewed as a bunch of opportunistic thugs and societal misfits justifying their anti-social behavior and amorality by couching it in terms of oppression."

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Posted by: ric ottaiano at August 31, 2005 01:09 AM

Wow! The two police officers must be too cool to steal on duty. They should be given double the life sentences than a normal culprit.!!!!

What a SHAME! for the cops!

Posted by: Xia at September 1, 2005 05:01 AM

My brother Freddie M. Beech, III born 6-6-1979 is a deputy at Orleans Parish Prison. It's been 8/29 since we've heard from him. Our mom is w/me, my husband and son in Memphis, TN. Our mom is a cancer patient and worried about Freddie. If you know him or have any type of info please call 901-375-4801. Thank you TroyLynn Davis (sister) and Dorothy Beech (mom)

Posted by: TroyLynn Davis at September 1, 2005 09:14 AM

Does anyone know where the inmates were evacuated? My brother is in this prison.

Posted by: mary at September 1, 2005 12:19 PM

I to would like to know the where abouts of my husband Charles Tyler who is/was located in orleans parish prison.

Posted by: MRS. A TYLER at September 2, 2005 02:16 AM


I don't know that I can find specific people, but I might be able to at least guide you in the right direction to find your missing family members. I'll do research and try to have another post up on this web site either tonight or early tomorrow.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at September 2, 2005 12:09 PM

My daughter is in conchetta the female jail. Can anyone tell me what happend to the female prisoners.

Posted by: Jutta Mayland at September 3, 2005 05:08 PM

My brother is also in Orleans Parish Prison. There is a number to the Nationwide Locator. Call and they will know where they sent them. (225) 342-9711

Posted by: Kiana coleman at September 20, 2005 06:03 PM