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.