Five New Orleans Officers Face Long Terms in Post-Katrina Shooting


Federal prosecutors triumphed in the most consequential probe of New Orleans police misconduct after Hurricane Katrina as a jury convicted five officers accused of killing two civilians and wounding four others on the city’s Danzinger Bridge and engaging in a startlingly brazen cover-up that spanned almost five years, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Prosecutors won on virtually every point, save for the contention that the shootings amounted to murder. U.S. Attorney Jim Letten calculated that officer Robert Faulcon faces a mandatory minimum of 60 years in prison, while the other three officers involved in the shooting — Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius and Anthony Villavaso — face a mandatory minimum of 35 years. The four officers have been in custody since their indictment

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