Reader Comment: Mike N. forwarded us this email from KTVU reporter Ken Wayne:
I can only tell you what we saw. I have seen other images from other police incidents. It’s clear there’s been no uniform policy on how police are enforcing or not enforcing any evacuations. Policies seemed to be changing day by day.
The California Highway Patrol was under the guidance of a Louisiana State Trooper during our report. It was the state trooper who ordered the woman out of the house. She opened the door, it was not kicked in. The officers talked to her for several minutes to try to get her to put down her gun and knife. (The knife was not clearly visible in the video.) The officers said they tackled her to remove the weapons for officer safety.
I’m not in a position to debate the legalities of who was right or wrong. I know the officers were enforcing a mandatory evacuation order. The woman had a gun and refused to drop it. They never arrested her. Common sense tells you if armed police tell you to put down your gun… you do it and figure out the legalities later… or risk being shot.
All things considered she was lucky. If it had been officers from another agency… she might be dead.
Common sense is probably telling New Orleans residents not to invite the cops into their house, I guess.