Friday, August 05, 2011

Not Guilty of the Murders They Committed, But Guilty Nonetheless

No one seems to care about this story. They weren't convicted of murder (convict a cop of murdering a black man? Are you crazy?) They were convicted of civil rights violations that resulted in death. New Orleans Police Convicted in Post-Katrina Shooting Case 4 cops kill two and injure several unarmed blacks fleeing the devastation that was post-Katrina New Orleans, and they and 5th cop conspired to cover up the deaths.
The jury convicted officers Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso of opening fire on unarmed black civilians on the city's Danziger Bridge and conspiring with others to cover up their actions.

The fifth, homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman, was convicted of conspiring to make the shootings appear justified.
Professionals in the Criminal Justice System. (The adjective "Criminal" applies more and more these days.)

They face a lot of time in federal prison. Sentencing in December. (No one will paying attention then.)

1 comment:

Zendo Deb said...

Finding them guilty of a civil rights violations just doesn't seem to do the situation justice.

Isn't murder a crime in Louisiana?