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|After days of attempting to return order to an unruly, hurricane-ravaged city, New Orleans police on Friday began to openly lose their tempers, complaining that they've become easy targets for looters with guns and that outside help was slow in coming. One officer has already been shot in the face, others have ducked bullets while conducting rescue missions and the entire 1,700-officer department has been forced to work in the dark, without emergency radio communications, since Hurricane Katrina struck this city of 600,000 residents on Monday. With many of their squad cars submerged in floodwaters, police have had to resort to 'taking' vehicles abandoned by residents - just like some citizens have done - by busting ignition locks and driving off to patrol the streets. Some officers, including high-ranking ones, have turned in their badges, opting for civilian life after seeing what police work has become in this city of turmoil.|
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