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 20, 2011 10:28

Danziger Bridge Jurors Hear Secretly Taped Conversation

On Monday, prosecutors played excerpts from a three-hour conversation in which Sgt. Robert Gisevius hinted at a conspiracy to cover-up the police shootings on the Danziger Bridge and took shots at his colleagues.

"What weak link could sink the ship?" he asked aloud, while naming other officers.

The conversation, at a bar, was secretly recorded by Jeffrey Lehrmann, a former NOPD officer who was cooperating with the government and who has pleaded guilty to knowing about, but not reporting a felony. Lehrmann has been sentenced to three years in prison.

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

posted July 20, 2011

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