New Orleans might have experienced 16 different looting crimes since Isaac paid the city a visit this week, but on Thursday law enforcement officials said that the perpetrators of 13 of them are looking at some serious jail time for it and a minimum $5,000 fine according to Fox News.
Reuters reported that the criminals arrested for looting crimes in the hurricane-attacked city can face a mandatory three years’ hard labor with no chance at parole or probation if prosecuted by the district attorney’s office.
And it appears that the DA’s office and the police in the city are definitely going to prosecute in order to make an example of these criminals and help stop any such future activity in the hurricane-prone state.
That’s a good thing considering the devastation looters wreaked when Katrina came to town in 2005. Back then law enforcement was forced to decide between protecting citizens and business owners or throw in their lot with emergency workers trying to help rescue and remove those in danger.
MSNBC reported that in 2005 the Katrina Hurricane looters actually floated garbage cans filled with clothing and jewelry down the street as they sought to gain and go. This time Isaac Hurricane looters were forewarned in advance to think twice about following that example.