Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Hurricane Katrina Bridge Killings, 5 Police Jailed

Five New Orleans police officers have been jailed over the shooting deaths of an unarmed 40-year-old mentally disabled man and a teenager in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The pair were gunned down at a bridge in September 2005 and four others were seriously injured.

A court heard how officers conspired to plant a gun and fabricate witnesses to cover their tracks.

Ronald Madison, described as gentle and loving by his family, was shot several times in the back and died on the city's Danziger Bridge.

High school student James Brissette, 17, was also killed.

The officers - Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso and Robert Faulcon - were convicted of federal firearms charges that carried mandatory minimum prison sentences of at least 35 years. Read More