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 28, 2011 11:05

First Indicted Officer Testifies in Danziger Bridge Trial

Yesterday, former NOPD Robert Faulcon testified that within a span of four seconds, he arrived at the Danziger Bridge, assessed the scene, saw two male civilians with handguns and began firing his weapon.

Faulcon is the first of the five officers on trial to testify in his own defense. "I feel horrible because of the fact, you know, in that split second when I saw guns, I might have been right or I might have been wrong," he said. "My heart goes out to the people that were hurt. At that time, when I saw guns, I felt my actions were justified based on what I saw in that split second."

But under cross-examination by prosecutors, Faulcon admitted to firing a shotgun towards civilians that may have been unarmed and to fatally shooting an unarmed man in the back. He also said other officers continued to shoot despite the lack of threat, and acknowledged a cover-up.

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

posted July 28, 2011

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