Saturday 6 August 2011

News: Guilty Verdicts in the New Orleans Danziger Bridge Shootings

Yesterday, five New Orleans Police Department officers were found guilty of civil rights violations and conspiracy charges relating to the shooting of six innocent people on Danziger Bridge, two of whom died, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Link round-up below.
  • For an introduction to what exactly happened on Danziger Bridge, this graphic from the Times-Picayune outlines things very usefully (warning: it's a PDF).
  • NOLA Defender live-blogged the verdicts here.
  • Gambit's Best of New Orleans blog caught some immediate reactions and analysis outside the courthouse, and official comments from Mayor Mitch Landrieu and New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
  • The Times-Picayune also provides a long analysis of the case, concluding "Danziger Bridge guilty verdicts are another strike against New Orleans police"
  • But perhaps the best short summary of the case and its wider significance can be found in this PBS Newshour item:

This lays to rest at least one of city's ghosts.

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