Katrina continues to have legal consequences in the Big Easy. It's likely that SHN might not be able to provide assistance on this when we head down for our week of volunteering, however, this is yet another thing to keep in mind when people say to you that New Orleans can't be hurting anymore after all this time.
From the New Orleans Times-Picayune:
For the past several months, the federal building on Poydras Street has seen a steady stream of New Orleans police officers trudge in and out, all of them testifying before grand jurors gathering evidence of possible civil rights violations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina -- allegations that center on police misbehavior.
Federal agents, meanwhile, have been studying police e-mails and documents obtained by subpoena -- as well as through a surprise search warrant executed on the New Orleans Police Department homicide office -- in an attempt to ferret out exactly what happened in the chaotic days after the storm.
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