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 29, 2011 12:09

Defense Wraps Up Danziger Bridge Case

Yesterday, the defense offered its final witness -- a nurse who cared for Jose Holmes, Jr. after he was shot on the bridge. She tesitifed that Holmes told her that some of the people he was with on the bridge had guns.

Earlier in the day, defense lawyers read the grand jury testimony of two other NOPD officers who were on the bridge into the record. Officer Heather Gore said that when she arrived at the scene with other officers in a Budget rental truck she heard a "pinging" sound that she believed came from someone shooting at the truck. She also told the grand jury that she saw a man, who later got away, pointing an assault rifle at police. Lt. NAME Tollefson testified that he heard a man tell police that he and his brother fired weapons on the bridge.

Prosecutors are expected to offer rebuttal witnesses today and closing arguments will take place next week.

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posted July 29, 2011

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