In the first methodical reading I've done since college 25 years ago I just finished Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. (Thanks Inky!) It is an account of a man who stayed and witnessed the descent of New Orleans after Katrina. Coincidentally I finished it yesterday on the 4th anniversary of that storm.
In the sobering true tale, Zeitoun stayed in the city with his trusty canoe feeding dogs and helping neighbors after the flood. Then in a doozy case of racial profiling he was arrested and caged at a hastily constructed prison at the bus terminal known as Camp Greyhound. While people waited to be rescued in flooded homes, FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security staged offensives against non-existent terrorist threats. While people suffered in the dome, they built prisons. Residents were arrested without cause, detained without charge and physically and mentally abused without consequence.
As it turns out, one of those who arrested Zeitoun in his home for looting without benefit of evidence, was a deputy from New Mexico (one of Sheriff Darren White's no doubt) who was sent to New Orleans. You know, to help people.