law & disorder


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 »
July 13, 2010 18:16

Six Additional Officers Indicted in Danziger Case

Today a federal grand jury indicted six current and former NOPD officers for their roles in the shootings on the Danziger Bridge and the conspiracy to cover up what happened. To date, 11 officers have been charged and three have pleaded guilty.

Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, former Officer Robert Faulcon and Officer Anthony Villavaso were each charged with a civil rights violation in the shooting death of 19-year-old James Brisette, as well as for injuring several members of the Bartholomew family.

Faulcon and Bowen were also charged with civil rights violations in the death of Ronald Madison; Faulcon was charged with killing the mentally disabled man, who was shot in the back, and Bowen was accused of kicking and stomping on Madison's body after he had been shot.

Sgt. Arthur Kaufman and former Sgt. Gerard Dugue were accused, along with Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso, with participating in the cover-up, conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements to investigators.

The indictments were announced by Attorney General Eric Holder. Read more...

posted July 13, 2010

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