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 »
August 1, 2011 11:11

Testimony Ends in Danziger Bridge Case

On Friday, prosecutors called several rebuttal witnesses to the stand, including a woman named Lakeisha Smith, a former New Orleans resident who now lives in Texas, who was listed in the initial police report as having witnessed the shootings.

Prosecutors alleged Detective Arthur Kaufman invented Smith and another civilian witness listed in the report. But earlier in the trial, Kaufman's attorney called to the stand a private detective, who said he had found Smith, living in Texas.

On Friday, Smith said she did not witness any shootings on the bridge.

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

posted August 1, 2011

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