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On the way into the city, Oprah was stopped by Eddie Compass, New Orleans's police chief. He hasn't slept in five days, his department is running ragged and at least 80 percent of the force is homeless. Just hours earlier one officer committed suicide.

"He escorted us into the city and said, 'Prepare yourself for the worst,'" Oprah says.

Chief Compass says he believes that there are easily thousands of dead people in the city. He is especially disturbed by what he saw inside the Superdome. The horrors there will haunt him the rest of his life. "We had little babies in there, little babies getting raped," he says. "You know how frustrating it is to be the Chief of Police knowing inside these things are being done and you don't have enough manpower to go in there?"
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FROM: Oprah on Location: Inside the Katrina Catastrophe
Published on September 06, 2005

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