What's the natural human response to a city devastated by a hurricane? Why, looting, of course.
He said looting has also escalated and an atmosphere of lawlessness has developed as police resources have been almost entirely devoted to search-and-rescue operations for people trapped by floodwaters on roofs and in attics. “Widespread looting is taking place in all parts of the city” - from uptown and Canal Street to areas around the housing projects, Thomas said.
And they are after the children's hospital as well. And apparently there's been a riot at the prison.
UPDATE: Ridiculously complete rundown here: You loot, I shoot.