[JURIST] The New Orleans police department Thursday launched an investigation into police officers' alleged participation in looting that occurred in the wake of Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. News reports filed in the wake of the hurricane placed some officers at the scene of some of the heaviest looting in the city. A spokesperson for the New Orleans police department stated today that approximately 12 police officers are currently suspected in having a role in post-Katrina looting. The investigation comes two days after New Orleans Police superintendent resigned after announcing the establishment of a tribunal [JURIST report] to contend with the 250 police officers who went missing from their posts in the wake of the storm. AP has more.