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 »
June 30, 2011 12:03

Danziger Bridge Survivor Describes Being Shot by Police

Jose Holmes Jr. told the jury on Wednesday that after hearing gunshots, he laid down beside a concrete barrier on the Danziger Bridge. "I was kinda thinking if they saw us on the ground, they wouldn't shoot us," he said.

Holmes, who was shot in the arm, jaw and abdomen, testified that there was no provocation or warning from police before the shooting. He was questioned by defense attorneys about changes in his story over the years.

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

posted June 30, 2011

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