New Orleans cops convicted in post-Katrina shootings case (video).

Five current or former police officers were found guilty Friday…

Five current or former police officers were found guilty Friday on a combined 25 counts of civil rights violations tied to fatal shootings on New Orleans’ Danziger Bridge in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Justice Department officials said.

Jurors reached a verdict in the closely watched trial after three days of deliberations.

The shootings occurred on Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005, six days after much of New Orleans went underwater after the powerful hurricane slammed into the Gulf Coast.

Prosecutors contend the officers opened fire on an unarmed family, killing 17-year-old James Brissette and wounding four others. Minutes later, one of the officers shot and killed Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man described by Justice officials as having severe mental disabilities.

Madison was trying to flee the scene when he was shot, according to a Justice Department statement. One of the officers allegedly “stomped and kicked” Madison before he died, the statement noted.

Source: CNN

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  • Eric

    “Art [frighteningly] imitating Life,” where harsh films like TRAINING DAY and STREET KINGS seem all too disturbingly real. When I was an Intern following the Academy, I discovered many who truly believed they were “above the Law.” Met many honest officers, too, but I just don’t think the Public really knows what goes on inside law enforcement’s harsh world, and the struggles honest officers face…

  • New Orleans, in the entirety of it’s governmental organizations, was notoriously extremely corrupt. Given the extremity of the omnipresent corruption, with it getting ever worse the higher the position. Having worked in the law enforcement myself, there is NO way that an honest cop could stay there and do his job honestly. The bad cops would warn him, then kill him if he was foolish enough to attempt to stay.

    Mr. Jay C, you would be entirely within both your rights to defend the lives of your family and yourself, but you would have a duty to terminate such scum — and every decent cop would be on your side. Just because a scumbag is wearing a uniform does not give him any right to do anything outside of the law. He, and others like him, are held to much higher legal standards. Unfortunately, when a fundamentally corrupt populace elects scumbags to the office of Mayor, Sheriff and other such public positions, they well deserve what they get. There is a famous quotation: “People always get the government they deserve”.

  • Jay C.

    While I respect the job of the police and my brothers in combat, this was very poor judgement, cowardice, criminal and covered up. All involved should be judged and sentenced to the same degree as us citizens. No offense to good officers, but in a time of natural disaster I don’t recommend you shoot at me. Think about what you might get in return.