‘Law & Disorder’ Killing: 3 New Orleans Officers Found Guilty, 2 Acquitted

BY News Desk  December 10, 2010 at 8:08 PM EDT



Three current or former New Orleans police officers now face sentencing in a 2005 killing and cover-up after Hurricane Katrina. The victim, Henry Glover, was shot outside a strip mall and was last seen alive at a temporary SWAT compound. His burned body was later discovered nearby.

Late Thursday, a federal jury convicted former officer David Warren of manslaughter. Officer Greg McRae was convicted of burning Glover’s body and Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted of writing a false report and lying to federal investigators. Both are free on bond until their sentencing in March.

According to Frontline:

Officer McRae and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann were acquitted of beating two men who tried to help Glover after he was shot. Lt. Scheuermann and retired Lt. Robert Italiano were also acquitted of participating in the burning of Glover’s body and Lt. Italiano was acquitted of making false statements to federal investigators.

A total of 20 current or former officers have been charged in a series of federal civil-rights investigations.

In August, Hari Sreenivasan spoke ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson about the accusations, when his reporting on the story was featured as part of a Frontline investigation called “Law & Disorder.” We checked back in with Thompson — and with WWL-TV’s Wayne Carter — for the latest on the verdicts and the reaction.

With contributions from David Coles and video reporting by Justin Scuiletti.