Seven New Orleans police officers were indicted yesterday on murder and attempted-murder charges stemming from a shooting on a bridge six days after Hurricane Katrina, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Victims portrayed the incident as an ambush by police that left two dead and four wounded. A grand jury refuted the New Orleans Police Department account of what happened on Sept. 4, 2005, which officers had termed an appropriate response to reports of both sniper fire and people shooting at police officers.
The grand jury a man police arrested that day and booked with attempted first-degree murder for allegedly shooting at law enforcement. District Attorney Eddie Jordan said, “We cannot allow our police officers to shoot and kill our citizens without justification, like rabid dogs. The rules governing the use of lethal force are not suspended during a state of emergency.” New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley objected to Jordan’s statement that people had been shot “like rabid dogs,” calling the phrase “unprofessional, highly prejudicial and highly undignified.”