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 29, 2011 12:49

Officer Testifies Danziger Cover-Up Began Immediately

Lt. Michael Lohman, a former NOPD supervisor testifying for the prosecution in the Danziger Bridge case, said yesterday:

  • that he arrived at the bridge on Sept. 4, 2005 and found no guns near the wounded civilians;

  • that he told officers under his watch to "get their stories straight" after they offered unbelievable explanations for what happened;

  • that he participated in the cover-up because the officers involved were co-workers and friends: "I didn't want to get anyone in trouble";

  • that two draft reports he received from Sgt. Arthur Kaufman were so "poorly written" that he had to write a 17-page false report about the incident himself.

Lohman has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and faces a maximum of five years in prison. Read more about yesterday's testimony from our partners at the Times-Picayune.

posted June 29, 2011

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