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 »
August 14, 2010 10:36

Justice Dept. Investigating Religious St. Beatings

The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation and has begun calling witnesses to testify before a federal grand jury about Case One, the Sept. 1, 2005 incident in which two men were allegedly beaten by NOPD officers. On Sunday, FRONTLINE, ProPublica and The Times-Picayune published Robert Williams' account of what happened that day -- he says he and his friend Ernest "Ricky" Bell were brutally beaten by NOPD officers, who thought the men had been involved in a shootout with police moments earlier.

According to the Times-Picayune, there are at least nine civil rights investigations of the NOPD currently underway. Read more...

posted August 14, 2010

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