Pulitzer Prize winner Sheri Fink investigates patient deaths at a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina and tells the story of the quest for truth and justice following the storm. As floodwaters rose, the power failed, the heat climbed, and exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately hastened the deaths of some patients. Fink’s book Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, the culmination of six years of reporting.
We’ll take a look at New Orleans five years after Hurricane Katrina. Frontline correspondent and Pro-Publica reporter A.C. Thompson discusses the documentary “Law & Disorder:” a special report on a number of incidents in which police shot civilians in the hurricane’s aftermath. Also, Pro-Publica contributor Dr. Sheri Fink, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for her story, “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” a joint effort between the New York Times Magazine and Pro-Publica, discusses hospital abuses in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. “Law and Disorder” airs Wednesday, August 25, at 9 pm ET on PBS.