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 1, 2011 13:51

First Danziger Bridge Police Shooter Testifies Against Colleagues

On Thursday, Officer Ignatius Hills told the federal jury in the Danziger Bridge case that he shot at 14-year-old Leonard Bartholomew, IV, who was unarmed and fleeing the scene of the police shooting that killed two and wounded four other civilians. Bartholomew was not wounded; his mother Susan, who testified earlier this week, lost her right arm in the incident.

Hills also admitted to participating in a broad cover-up. He said he wrote a police report -- dictated to him by Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, one of the officers on trial -- accusing one of the unarmed civilians of attempting to murder the officers on the bridge that day.

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

posted July 1, 2011

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