Danziger Bridge Shootings

I briefly mentioned the Danziger Bridge shootings in reference to a post on gun confiscations after Hurricane Katrina. I was not aware that FRONTLINE (PBS), ProPublica, and the Times-Picayune had been collaboratively investigating the case as one part of a six case series called Law and Disorder.

The series highlights incidences of police abuse and brutality in post-Katrina New Orleans. The six case story contains information about the Danziger Bridge shootings:

Case Six: Danziger Bridge. On Sept. 4, 2005, police ended up in a firefight with a group of civilians on Danziger Bridge. Six civilians were shot, two fatally. No officers were injured. Over time, it came out that none of the civilians either had guns on them or fired at officers.

A retired police lieutenant pleaded guilty on Feb. 24, 2010. Four others followed quickly in his footsteps. Only two have been sentenced so far. A total of 11 officers have been charged in the case. A trial is scheduled for June 2011.

More information at FRONTLINE Law and Disorder: Case Six – Danziger Bridge.

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