Mayor C. Ray Nagin has ordered 1,500 police officers to leave their search-and-rescue mission and return to the streets to stop looting that has turned increasingly hostile. "They are starting to get closer to heavily populated areas--hotels, hospitals--and we're going to stop it right now," he said. The number of officers called off the search-and-rescue mission amounts to virtually the entire police force in New Orleans.
Police previously had been ordered to ignore the gangs of thieves and concentrate on lifesaving efforts. That policy, however, resulted in what the mayor termed "chaos" on the city's streets.
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