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 »
July 14, 2011 11:03

Weapons Expert: At Least Three Guns Involved in James Brisette Shooting

A firearms expert who works for the Louisiana State Police testified yesterday that James Brissette, who died on the Danziger Bridge, was hit by six projectiles fired from at least three different weapons. Brissette was 17 years old at the time of the shooting.

One bullet removed from Brissette's body definitively matched an AK-47 carried by Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, the expert, Patrick Lane, told the jury. Lane said a second bullet of the same caliber could have come from Bowen's weapon but he could not definitively match it.

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

posted July 14, 2011

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