Federal authorities are investigating allegations that New Orleans police were told after Hurricane Katrina to "take the city back and shoot the looters."
Police spokesman Bob Young said Friday that federal officials have asked police for information and for permission to interview officers about the alleged orders. The U.S. Attorney's office in New Orleans and FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorn refused to comment on the investigation.
The August 2005 storm flooded 80 percent of the city, knocked out power and police communications and led to widespread chaos.
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