no wonder nothing is getting done in City Hall…

…with hizzoner and the chief playing with guns, a la cops and robbers style, or perhaps cowboys and indians if you prefer – how appropriate

read about it here

from the Times Picayune:

Editor’s note: Late Wednesday evening, the office of Mayor Ray Nagin released the following statement regarding a controversial photograph of the mayor holding a gun at a Tuesday news conference. The photograph appeared inside The Times-Picayune’s metro section on Wednesday and in various presentations on nola.com. The image of the mayor smiling and holding a weapon kicked off controversy all day Wednesday on talk radio and in internet postings.

The mayor’s full statement:

“The photo selected to depict the public safety press conference on yesterday by the Times Picayune grossly misrepresented the Mayor of the City of New Orleans, the Superintendent of Police and the men and women of the police department. The press conference held by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) was designed to display to the public the department’s new crime fighting and life saving equipment. Further, the announcement acknowledged the entities that have worked in cooperation with the city to make this new equipment a reality-the State of La Delegation authorized over $6million in the last legislative session for the purchase of new equipment as well as to acknowledge other organizations that donated equipment to this recovering police force.

Yesterday’s announcement was a lift to the morale of this heroic police department that lost much of it’s resources in Hurricane Katrina and the flooding that resulted from the levee breaches. Mayor Nagin was and continues to be on the frontlines working to secure resources for this agency, as well as the other agencies within city government that are struggling to rebuild.

Unfortunately, photos of the command unit that will be stationed across from the NBA headquarters for this week’s NBA All Star Game were not selected for publication, unfortunately photos of the smart boards and computer equipment that will allow officers to have real time data and analysis while in the field were not selected to educate, inform and reassure the publics confidence. Instead a photo, taken out of context, was selected by our own local media and now showcased across the nation as a mockery of all this city’s recovery efforts. This is the real tragedy.

Ceeon D. Quiett
Communication Director
Office of the Mayor
C. Ray Nagin”

The real tragedy is the mayor doesn’t have the professionalism or decorum to stand up and honor the NOPD without turning it into a fucking circus, acting like a juvenile delinquent, mocking the entire proceedings and embarrassing the citizens of New Orleans ONCE AGAIN!!!

Someone remind me again, how much longer is this cue ball going to be in office?

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~ by maringouin on Wednesday, February 13, 2008.

2 Responses to “no wonder nothing is getting done in City Hall…”

  1. I saw the video. This time the T-P is playing all of us and making us look bad. Don’t blame Nagin on this one.

  2. I saw the video too – the camera shot is just at the moment he was going to put the weapon away – despite that, I really don’t think its appropriate he was wielding one in front of the cameras to begin with

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