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October 6, 2011 13:48 Tough Sentences for Danziger Bridge Officers Turned Witnesses Federal prosecutors yesterday asked for leniency in sentencing two former New Orleans police officers who pleaded guilty to participating in the cover-up of the notorious post-Katrina Danziger Bridge shootings. CONTINUE »
September 15, 2011 13:26 FBI Agents To Monitor New Orleans Police Two FBI agents will be stationed full time in the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau, the department and the FBI jointly announced this week. The agents, whose presence was requested by the NOPD, will investigate allegations of significant corruption or civil rights violations in the department. CONTINUE »
August 5, 2011 14:07 Verdict: Five NOPD Officers Guilty in Danziger Bridge Shootings, Cover-Up A federal jury today found all five Danziger Bridge defendants guilty of the shootings that killed two civilians and seriously wounded four others in the days after Hurricane Katrina. The jury also found the officers guilty of a massive cover-up that lasted nearly five years. Five NOPD officers had previously pleaded guilty in the case. CONTINUE »
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May 6, 2010 14:28

Mayor Asks for Federal Assistance to Transform NOPD

Yesterday, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who took office on Monday, asked the Justice Department to assist in his efforts to transform the NOPD.

"I have inherited a police force that has been described by many as one of the worst police departments in the country," Landrieu wrote in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. "The assessment is made based on several indicators including the number of violent crimes, incidents of rape, and malfeasance by members of the police department. ... It is clear nothing short of a complete transformation is necessary and essential to ensure safety for the citizens of New Orleans."

There are at least eight ongoing federal civil rights investigations into the NOPD; our partners at the Times-Picayune suggest that the letter shows the new mayor's intent to "get in front" of what's largely seen as "inevitable federal intervention."

And today Landrieu announced a new police chief. Ronal Serpas, head of the Nashville Police Department, is expected to take the reins after Nashville's flooding emergency passes. Serpas, who served as second-in-command to former NOPD Chief Richard Pennington from 1996-2001, replaces Warren Riley, who resigned on Monday with the change in administration.

posted May 6, 2010

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