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 »
December 1, 2010 16:28

Officer Sentenced to 8 Years in Danziger Bridge Case

Today Officer Michael Hunter -- the first NOPD officer to plead guilty in the notorious Danziger Bridge shooting in which two unarmed civilians were killed and four wounded -- was sentenced to the maximum of eight years in prison. If he testifies against other officers, as expected, he will be eligible to have his sentence reduced.

Hunter pleaded guilty in April to obstruction of justice and acknowledged participating in a cover-up of the shooting. In court, Hunter apologized to the families of those killed and wounded on the bridge that day for "not having the courage" to come forward sooner.

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posted December 1, 2010

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