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After Katrina, New Orleans Police
Shot Frequently and Asked Few Questions

PBS Frontline on Post-Katrina Police Shootings

Late last year, we at ProPublica, along with the New Orleans Times-Picayune and PBS "Frontline," unveiled Law & Disorder, an ongoing project examining violent encounters between police and civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Tonight our partners at Frontline are launching a new Law & Disorder site, with fresh video, audio, photos, and documents. Taking you deeper into our earlier stories, the new site has video interviews with the key figures, as well as the reporters who put the pieces together.

During the week after the storm roared ashore, police shot at least 10 people, killing a minimum of four. Our project raises questions about whether officers needed to use deadly force in all these instances, and documents the New Orleans Police Department's flawed and cursory investigations of the shootings.

With Frontline and the Times-Picayune, we're now broadening our focus, examining in greater depth two more bloody incidents from the post-Katrina time period -- shootings at the Danziger Bridge and the death of Henry Glover.

We're chasing new leads, so expect more updates. And if you have any information about any of these incidents -- or if you know about a situation we haven't covered -- please contact us at 504-826-3347 or nolatips@propublica.org.

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The Case Files

Case One

Religious Street

There is no police report describing what happened in this photo.

Case Two

Matt McDonald

Why didn’t police tell his family he was killed by an officer?

Case Three

Danny Brumfield

How does a man waving down a police car die from a shotgun blast to his back?

Case Four

Keenon McCann

The gun police said he had was never found.

Case Five

Henry Glover

His skull and ashes were found in the back of an incinerated Chevy.

Case Six

Danziger Bridge

Officers responding to an emergency call opened fire on civilians, injuring four and killing two.

The Reporters


A.C. Thompson

Reporter
ProPublica

Tom Jennings

Producer
Frontline

Gordon Russell

City Editor
The Times-Picayune

Brendan McCarthy

Reporter
The Times-Picayune

Laura Maggi

Reporter
The Times-Picayune
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