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Reporter Chronicles Katrina's 'Hidden Race War'

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Reporter Chronicles Katrina's 'Hidden Race War'

Reporter Chronicles Katrina's 'Hidden Race War'

Reporter Chronicles Katrina's 'Hidden Race War'

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Donnell Herrington says a vigilante shot him twice during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Chandra McCormick and Keith Calhoun/Courtesy "The Nation" hide caption

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Post-Katrina New Orleans was more than a disaster area; for some, it was a war zone.

With too few police and too many problems, including looters on the streets, a group of vigilantes in the community of Algiers Point decided to arm themselves.

They blockaded their streets and used violence against those considered to be looters. But did they take community security too far?

NPR's Tony Cox speaks with reporter A.C. Thompson, who wrote about the findings of his 18-month investigation for The Nation magazine.

For more insight, Cox talks with Joe Tartaro, president of the Second Amendment Foundation, which promotes the constitutional right to own firearms.