Good news - Jury Convicts 5 Officers in Post-Katrina Shootings
The NOLA Police Dept (with a few exceptions) behaved abominably during and in the aftermath of Katrina, and this case is one of the two MOST abominable (the second one having to do with the police shooting a man who had gone to them for assistance, then burning his car with his body in it). So, justice, thank goodness.
A federal jury on Friday convicted five current or former police officers in the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Former officer Robert Faulcon, Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen, Officer Anthony Villavaso and retired Sgt. Arthur Kaufman were convicted of charges stemming from the cover-up of the shootings. All but Kaufman were convicted of civil rights violations stemming from the shootings. Kaufman, who investigated the shootings, was charged only in the cover-up.
The trial was a high-profile test of the Justice Department’s effort to clean up a police department marred by a reputation for corruption and brutality. A total of 20 current or former New Orleans police officers were charged last year in a series of federal probes. Most of the cases center on actions during the aftermath of the Aug. 29, 2005, storm, which plunged the flooded city into a state of lawlessness and desperation.
Here is more information about this case, from PBS Frontline.