He resigned as Chief of Police on September 27, 2005. Compass, who earlier said he was organizing a tribunal to handle the cases of 249 officers who left their posts without permission during Hurricane Katrina, did not give any reason for his resignation. Compass's resignation followed a few days after an emergency injunction was handed down, prohibiting him “from confiscating lawfully-possessed firearms from citizens ... “ His actions subsequently led to the passage of the Disaster Recovery Personal Protection Act.
Compass has been widely criticized for not cracking down on corruption in the New Orleans Police Department.
He was working with his team on restoring order in the city, which was hit by Hurricane Katrina.
Compass has declared that he was actually forced to resign his post.