Katrina Rights Charges Possible Vs. New Orleans Cops


Four years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, some of the the city’s police officers still are facing potential federal civil rights charges, reports the New Orleans Times- Picayune. Federal agents executed a surprise search warrant executed on the police homicide office — in an attempt to ferret out exactly what happened in the chaotic days after the storm. The feds have sent subpoenas seeking photographs from the Times-Picayune, and they have ordered a former photographer for the paper to testify before the grand jury.

Charges could shake the foundation of the police department in ways that haven’t been seen since a murder-for-hire case in the mid-1990s involving a drug-protection racket run by police officers. The cases are likely to get international publicity and heighten already-deep mistrust of the police department.

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