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Six More Charged in New Orleans Danziger Bridge Shootings

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the indictment of six current or former New Orleans Police Department officers in connection to the Danziger Bridge shootings, which occurred during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

The new indictments stem from the shooting of six civilians on Sept. 4, 2005, by a squad of police officers, a bloody episode that left two people dead and four severely wounded. Our partners at the New Orleans Times-Picayune have the details on the fresh charges here.

The troubled New Orleans police force – which is the subject of at least eight ongoing investigations – “is a priority for this Department of Justice,” Holder said in a press conference streamed live on local TV news websites.

Since February, federal prosecutors have charged 16 current and former cops with offenses allegedly committed during the chaotic days after the levees failed, inundating the city and crippling the local government. So far, five have pleaded guilty.

Last month, federal investigators charged an officer with murdering Henry Glover, an offense that could carry the death penalty, and others with torching Glover’s body and attempting to conceal the crime. Federal agents are also scrutinizing several other post-Katrina episodes, including the shootings of Keenon McCann, Danny Brumfield, Jr. and Matthew McDonald by cops.

One of the people indicted today played a role in several of these cases. Former NOPD Sgt. Gerard Dugue, who is accused of trying to cover up the true circumstances of the Danziger shootings, also investigated Glover’s death and supervised the police department’s probe into the killing of Brumfield, who died after being shot in the back at  close range. This spring, Dugue retired from his job as a homicide detective.

The Justice Department is also conducting a broader survey of the police force’s policies, which could lead to federally supervised reform and restructuring of the department. In May, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who was elected earlier this year, invited Justice to conduct the review, saying in a letter that “I have inherited what is described by many as one of the worst police departments in the country.”

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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.

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