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 »
November 20, 2010 09:38

Officer Testifies About Changes to Glover Police Report

Yesterday, Sgt. Purnella Simmons took the stand to testify about alleged changes to the police report she wrote about the shooting of Henry Glover.

Simmons told the jury that her original report included a statement from Officer Linda Howard -- the partner of Officer David Warren, who is accused of shooting Glover -- in which Howard said she did not believe the shooting was justified. Officers Robert Italiano and Travis McCabe are accused of writing the false police report that prosecutors say replaced Simmons' original report.

Over the years, Simmons repeatedly claimed that she had written the altered report -- including in front of the federal grand jury investigating Glover's death. After her initial grand jury testimony, she hired an attorney and testified again, acknowledging she had lied. Defense attorneys questioned Simmons about the inconsistencies in her testimony.

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

posted November 20, 2010

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