New Orleans Deploys Police, National Guard ‘Anti-Looting Teams’ After Hurricane Ida Leaves Much Of City Without Power

The collapsed jazz club the Karnofsky Shop is seen after Hurricane Ida ripped through New Orleans, Louisiana, US, August 30, 2021 © Mickey Welsh / The Daily Credit: Advertiser / USA Today via Reuters


The New Orleans police have dispatched teams to prevent looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, which left more than a million state residents without electricity and prompted a string of opportunistic thefts across the city.

While New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell insisted during a Monday press conference that there is “no widespread looting” in the Big Easy, the city’s police force nonetheless declared that it had deployed “anti-looting” teams in conjunction with the Louisiana National Guard to ensure that no thefts take place.

“We have implemented our anti-looting plan, which is a partnership with our Louisiana National Guard, as well as our Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, to discourage those who wish to commit any looting crimes, but also identify, locate and arrest those who commit looting crimes,” police superintendent Shaun Ferguson said in a video address.

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