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FBI Confirms Investigations Into Post-Katrina Violence Widening

If you've been following our Law & Disorder series, there are a couple of fresh developments.

Our partners at the Times-Picayune have some new information about the expanding federal probe of the New Orleans Police Department, confirming that the FBI is investigating two more shootings described in stories we published in December.

Also, the city's inspector general publicly accused (PDF) Police Superintendent Warren Riley of illegally obstructing attempts to scrutinize police misconduct and disciplinary files.

"As you know, the relationship between the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the citizens of New Orleans has been poor," wrote Inspector General E.R. Quatrevaux in a letter sent this week to outgoing Mayor C. Ray Nagin and posted on his office's Web site.

Quatrevaux is in the process of establishing an independent monitoring body to oversee the NOPD. In the letter, he faults Riley for barring his staffers from reviewing records on police misconduct, discipline and shooting incidents. The Times-Picayune has more on the controversy.

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