When later asked to explain the causes behind their actions, the police’s gave no settling answers as to why they acted the way they did. Though Kathy and Zeitoun did not plan on suing anyone, they wanted justice. FEMA, the organization that had arrested Zeitoun, provided the family with a trailer to live in. However, they forgot the key, leaving the Zeitoun’s unable to use the trailer. Weeks later, when the key came an inspector came and said the trailer was unstable, and unusable. The response to this was nothing more than a simple “oops.”
Another disturbing thing that was reveled were the actions of the National Guardsmen. Zeitoun was arrested, and thrown into jail because the National Guard though that he was looting things, even though he was in his own property. “In exchange for gasoline, Lima (the guardsman who helped arrest Zeitoun) and other New Orleans Police broke into convenience stores and took cigarettes.” This really disturbed me. How could the police so brutally punish people, most innocent, for the same exact type of actions that they were taking?
Then the police explain why they truly arrested Zeitoun. They were asked to “speculate on possible terrorist exploitation of high category hurricane.” However, it just leads again to the same point, the police were acting on assumptions. Yes, they were in a high-risk situation, and yes, they were following orders, but does that truly make the terrible acts they committed just? I would have to say no.