Police shot unarmed civilians after Katrina, officer testifies.


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Federal prosecutors have accused New Orleans police of shooting unarmed civilians on the city’s Danzinger Bridge days after Hurricane Katrina — and then trying to cover up the incident. One officer has already entered a guilty plea, and yesterday, he spelled out what he said happened. From the Times-Picayune:

Hunter, 33, said a New Orleans police sergeant fired an assault rifle at wounded civilians at close range after other officers stopped shooting and after it was clear that the police were not taking fire. He also says he saw another officer in a car fire a shotgun at a fleeing man’s back, although the man did nothing suggesting he was a threat to police.

That man, the Times-Picayune says, was severely mentally disabled, and he died as a result of the shooting, one of two who were killed. Four others were wounded. The attorneys for the accused police say they didn’t do anything wrong and, if anything, feel more confident about their case after this latest development — though they’re not saying why.

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