Sunday, February 28, 2010

Guilty Plea in Katrina Shooting/Cover-up

The actions of the NOLA police department were not very good during Katrina. Danziger Bridge shooting plea brings long-awaited vindication for families | -
For more than 30 minutes, the allegations against Lohman were recited over and over: a planted gun, false reports, misleading statements, a cover-up and conspiracy.
The bridge was supposedly the scene of a sniper during the Katrina emergency. That report was false.
Prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein, deputy chief of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, outlined the allegations Lohman was confessing to. Bernstein said Lohman arrived at the Danziger Bridge on Sept 4, 2005, and soon learned that there had been a "bad shoot," an unjustified police shooting. Ronald Madison, 40, and James Brissette, 19, lay dead. Four other civilians had been wounded.

Lohman had conspired with the officers, coached statements, attempted to help with a cover story explaining the circumstances. He also made sure another officer planted a "clean" handgun at the scene, meaning it couldn't be traced back to a crime. That handgun would help bolster police story that officers were under fire from civilians and acted in self-defense.
New Orleans' finest? Not hardly.

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