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 12, 2011 11:57

Former Detective Describes Cover-Up, "Ham Sandwich"

Former officer Jeffrey Lehrmann testified that his supervisor, Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, emerged from his home one day with a brown paper bag containing a "ham sandwich." In fact, the bag contained a gun -- which Kaufman described as "clean" or untraceable -- to be planted as evidence.

Lehrmann has pleaded guilty to not reporting a crime and has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for his role in the cover-up.

Viewers of our film, Law and Disorder, will remember Mike Thames, who was an NOPD officer in the '80s and '90s before being arrested himself arrested for bank robbery. "Every cop I knew carried a ham sandwich," he told us. "I carried mine with me wherever I went."

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

posted July 12, 2011

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