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 26, 2011 11:16

Danziger Bridge Jurors Hear Another Secretly Taped Conversation

Yesterday, defense attorneys in the Danziger Bridge trial played a tape secretly recorded by former NOPD officer Robert Barrios after he began cooperating with prosecutors.

On the tape, Barrios can be heard repeatedly trying to get his former partner Anthony Villavaso to admit the civilians on the Danziger Bridge were unarmed. "It is what it is," Barrios says on the tape. "There were no guns."

"Bro, I'm telling you what I saw," Villavaso responds, insisting he saw weapons. "That's what I f****** saw. That is what I saw."

Barrios has pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. But unlike the other four officers who have pleaded guilty, he was not called as a prosecution witness.

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

posted July 26, 2011

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