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 15, 2011 10:43

Forensic Pathologist Testifies About Shooting Victims

Dr. Vincent DiMaio, a forensic pathologist, testified yesterday that 17-year-old James Brisette was killed by a shotgun blast to the head, and then he was shot an additional three times while laying face-down on the ground on the Danziger Bridge. He said that Brisette was shot at least twice with a shotgun, at least twice with an AK-47 and at least two other times.

DiMaio also told the jury that Ronald Madison, who died on the other side of the bridge, was killed by a shotgun blast to the back, and that the five shooting victims who lived were wounded by four types of weapons: a shotgun, an AK-47, a Glock handgun and a "center-fire rifle" that uses .223-caliber ammunition.

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

posted July 15, 2011

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