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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 11, 2010 10:33

Officer Testifies Her Partner Shot Henry Glover

Yesterday, the prosecution and defense gave their opening arguments in the trial of five NOPD officers accused in the death of Henry Glover. NOPD Officer Linda Howard told a federal jury that her former partner, David Warren, shot Glover, and an attorney for Officer Greg McRae acknowledged that his client set fire to the car containing Glover's body. Here are some details from yesterday's testimony:

  • Officer Linda Howard testified that her partner, Officer David Warren, yelled out a "loud command" and then fired his personal assault rifle at Henry Glover as he was running away from the strip mall where Howard and Warren were stationed after the storm. "I didn't hit him," Warren said, according to her testimony. Julian Murray, Warren's attorney, disputed Howard's depiction of events and said that Warren feared for his life. Murray also questioned why Howard told another police detective in 2009 that she didn't recall seeing the shooting. Howard said that she had suppressed her memories of the incident in the years after the storm and it wasn't until she later visited the scene that she began having flashbacks.
  • Frank DeSalvo, attorney for Officer Greg McRae, acknowledged that his client drove the car with Glover's body to a levee, lit a flare, tossed it into the car, fired a gun through the back windshield and walked away. "He made a bad decision in burning that body," DeSalvo said of his client, but the attorney maintained the act was not illegal and asked the jury to consider the frame of mind of McRae, whom he described as a "desk jockey" dealing with countless dead bodies after Katrina.

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

posted November 11, 2010

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