New Orleans police chief quits
The New Orleans police chief, Eddie Compass, has unexpectedly quit the force after leading his officers through the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
"Every man in a leadership position must know when it's time to hand over the reins to someone else," Mr Compass said.
"At this time in the next 30 to 45 days, on a transition period, I will be retiring as the superintendent of police and I will be going on in another direction God has for me."
Mr Compass, who has been the chief for three-and-a-half years, did not explain his reason for quitting and refused to take questions from reporters.
"I will ask you to respect my privacy, respect my decision and just respect my right to be by myself," Mr Compass said.