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In New Orleans, New Evidence of a Beating by Police

The New Orleans Times-Picayune has uncovered evidence that police officers physically attacked two city residents and a working photojournalist on Sept. 1, 2005, three days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

The story helps explain a mysterious scene we reported about last December in a joint project with the Times-Picayune and PBS’ FRONTLINE, one of a series of reports documenting violent encounters between citizens and officers of New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Katrina.

Six More Charged in New Orleans Danziger Bridge Shootings

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 Killing of Henry Glover: Who Else Knew?

The 11-count indictment accuses police officers of shooting Glover and torching his corpse, physically attacking his brother and another man, and then attempting to conceal it all.

New Details Emerge in Glover Case

We are inching closer to understanding what happened to Henry Glover, a 31-year-old New Orleans resident whose bizarre death in the days after Hurricane Katrina…

Missing Persons Report in Glover Case Failed to Receive Attention

Henry Glover’s mother filed a detailed missing persons report about her son two and a half months after he disappeared, but an article in today’s…

Authorities Charge Fifth Former NOPD Officer in Danziger Case

Authorities charged a fifth former New Orleans police officer in connection with the Danziger Bridge shooting, in which officers fired upon six unarmed citizens, killing…

Justice Department Opens Probe of NOPD

The U.S. Department of Justice, responding to a call for help from local leaders, has begun a probe into the New Orleans Police Department, initiating…

Big Changes at New Orleans Police Department

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu today announced the selection of a new superintendent to head the city’s troubled police force. Ronal Serpas will leave his…

Fourth New Orleans Police Officer Charged in Post-Katrina Shooting at Danziger Bridge

Federal investigators charged another New Orleans police officer in connection to the Danziger Bridge shootings, in which two civilians were killed and four were wounded…

Ex-Cop Michael Hunter Pleads Guilty in Danziger Shooting

Former New Orleans police officer Michael Hunter pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of conspiring to obstruct justice and failure to report a felony for his…

Fourth Person Indicted in Danziger Bridge Shootings

Federal prosecutors yesterday indicted Marion David Ryder—known as David Ryder—in connection with the Sept. 4, 2005, shootings on the Danziger Bridge, charging him with lying…

Third Cop Indicted in New Orleans Bridge Shooting Case

Federal prosecutors yesterday indicted New Orleans police officer Michael Hunter for his role in the Danziger Bridge incident, during which officers shot six citizens, killing…

Feds: We’re Investigating Baton Rouge Police, Too

The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating the Baton Rouge Police Department’s actions in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, according to the Baton Rouge Advocate.…

In Baton Rouge, More Allegations of Police Misconduct After Hurricane Katrina

Yesterday, the Baton Rouge Advocate published a damning exposé detailing allegations of misconduct by Baton Rouge police officers in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. After…

Algiers Police Shooting Report Altered, Sources Say

A police report about the shooting of a man whose burned corpse was later discovered in a car on the Algiers levee after Hurricane Katrina…

Second Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty in New Orleans

March 12: This story has been updated. The second guilty plea in the Danziger Bridge case today revealed additional details about the conduct of New…

Second Figure Charged in Post-Katrina Police Shootings

A second former New Orleans Police Department officer has been charged in federal court in connection with the Sept. 4, 2005 shootings on the Danziger…

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…

Former New Orleans Detective Pleads Guilty in Katrina Shooting Cover-up

Former New Orleans Police Department Lt. Michael Lohman today pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to obstruct justice, in connection with one of…

Post-Katrina Shootings by Police Get Federal Attention

Federal agents have broadened their investigation of the New Orleans Police Department and are now looking into three post-Katrina police shootings detailed in a news…

New Orleans Police Officer Under Investigation in Shooting in Days After Katrina

This article was co-published with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. A former New Orleans police officer is under investigation for shooting Henry Glover outside an Algiers…

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…

Grand Jury Questions Top New Orleans Cop

Last month, ProPublica, The New Orleans Times-Picayune and PBS “Frontline” joined forces to examine a string of violent encounters between police and civilians that occurred…

Did New Orleans SWAT Cops Shoot an Unarmed Man?

The tip came in on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005, as disorder was spreading through the devastated city: Somebody had stolen a Kentwood…

How a New Orleans Police Detective Missed a Key Clue in a Controversial Killing

The New Orleans Police Department’s official 12-page report on the death of Danny Brumfield Sr. comes to this conclusion: The 45-year-old grandfather was to blame…

New Orleans Police Shot Man, Told Family Otherwise

Matt McDonald left his native Connecticut and headed to New Orleans in the summer of 2005, shortly before Hurricane Katrina struck and floodwaters engulfed the…

In New Orleans, Chaos in the Streets, and in Police Ranks Too

During the turbulent days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, New Orleans police shot 10 civilians, at least four of whom died, according to interviews and…

Shot or Not, Dead or Alive? Two Men’s Fate Lost in Chaos

A motionless body lay on the pavement. Perhaps 20 riled-up police officers milled around. On the shoulder of the road, an RTA bus was parked at a crazy angle, like a dislocated elbow. Nearby was a long white limousine, crashed into a pole. Read more...

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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