09/10/2005: Why didn't they just walk out?
One of the nastier conservatarian memes floating around various blogs and comments sections this past week was "Why didn't the people trapped at the Superdome in New Orleans just walk out?" -- the implication being that they were lazy, stupid, and "welfare-dependant," and that the gene pool would have been improved had they been left there to die.
Well, it looks like we have an answer to this question: cops from neighboring areas closed the Hwy 90 bridge to foot traffic to keep people in New Orleans.
If this is true, and there appears to be an outright confession by Arthur Lawson, chief of the City of Gretna Police Department, let's hope that Lawson and his co-conspirators learn the meaning of 18 USC 242.
(þ Kevin Drum.)
Brock on 09.10.05 @ 09:39 AM CST