Video by The Nation (a companion piece to their written investigative report, "Katrina's Hidden Race War")

Demand justice in post-Katrina shootings

Call on state and federal officials to investigate

In the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, White vigilantes hunted down Black men who entered Algiers Point and even tried to expel their Black neighbors. Louisiana's broken law enforcement agencies have refused to investigate these crimes.

Tell Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, and the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the racist shootings, and to demand accountability from Louisiana's dysfunctional criminal justice system.

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Read the e-mail message that we originally sent to our members about this petition.

Here is the text of the message we'll send to Governor Bobby Jindal and Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell unless you create your own statement. We'll also send a message to U.S. Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey and incoming AG Eric Holder.

-- Click here for the letter to federal officials --

Dear Governor Jindal and Attorney General Caldwell,

I just learned that in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina, racist vigilantes in Algiers Point attacked, and according to their own accounts, killed Black men seeking refuge from the floodwaters. I'm outraged to hear that New Orleans law enforcement officials have consistently refused to investigate these crimes, and acted to cover up their own complicity in the violence.

Based on evidence recently presented by A.C. Thompson in The Nation, it appears that while at least 11 Black men were shot or shot at, none of the white vigilantes have been brought to justice. And there's damning evidence that police officers allowed a man to die, and then burned his body to cover it up.

Louisiana-style justice has once again failed to protect and serve the state's Black citizens. State officials such as yourselves must act immediately to change this. I urge you to push for the identification of victims of these crimes, prosecution of the perpetrators, full cooperation with any federal inquiries, and aggressive investigations into the role of local law enforcement officials in committing and suppressing the exploration of these crimes.


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