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 10:42

Defense Attorney Offers Alternate Explanation for Shootings

Yesterday, Eric Hessler, defense attorney for Sgt. Robert Gisevius, questioned the FBI's theory of the Danziger Bridge shootings and suggested an alternative explanation.

Hessler was questioning William Bezak, a prosecution witness who led the FBI investigation of the shootings, and argued that bullet markings on the bridge suggested that a gunman was firing from underneath the bridge. According to this theory, the wounded civilians got caught in the cross-fire between the police on the bridge and the unknown gunman below.

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

posted July 20, 2011

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