Example: [Semmens, 2005]
Nagin Defends Use of 'Phantom Police'
Ray Nagin, mayor of New Orleans, lashed back at critics after the FBI discovered that up to 700 so-called members of the city police force simply did not exist. Funding for many of these officers was provided by the federal government.
"During the storm and aftermath we'd heard reports that hundreds of New Orleans police officers had deserted their post," said an FBI spokesman. "Further investigation indicates that these posts had never been manned and the funds supposedly paid in wages has disappeared."
"Sure we overstated the number of officers on the force," said Nagin. "We did this to deter crime."
[Rest of article here.]
This "news" article was, however, merely one of several Hurricane Katrina-inspired political spoofs that hit just close enough to home to seem believable to many. It was taken from the
Last updated: 13 November 2005
Semmens, John. "Nagin Defends Use of 'Phantom Police'." The Arizona Conservative. 30 September 2005.