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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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August 3, 2011 10:57

Danziger Bridge Case Goes to the Jury

In closing arguments yesterday, both the prosecution and defense teams asked the jury to consider the Danziger Bridge shootings in light of Hurricane Katrina.

"They thought because of Katrina no one was watching. They thought they could do what they wanted to do and there wouldn't be any consequences. It never occurred to them that they were shooting two good families," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Carter.

"This is a day like no other. It is a time of disorder, chaos and lawlessness. That doesn't mean the rules change, but the perception changes," said defense attorney Paul Fleming.

Read more about yesterday's closing arguments from our partners at the Times-Picayune.

posted August 3, 2011

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