Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Another brick off the wall

One down, six to go..........

The first member of the infamous "Danziger Seven" is expected to plead guilty in Danziger Bridge probe.

Associated Press Reporting

A third New Orleans police officer is expected to plead guilty in a federal probe of a deadly shooting in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.

A person familiar with the case said a bill of information is expected to be filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court against Officer Michael Hunter Jr. The person was not authorized to discuss the case and therefore spoke on condition of anonymity.

Michael Lohman

Jeffrey Lehrmann

Two former police officers, Michael Lohman and Jeffrey Lehrmann, already have pleaded guilty to a cover up after police killed two unarmed civilians and wounded four others on the Danziger bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.

A police report says Hunter drove officers to the bridge in a rental truck and fired three shots during the incident.

Prosecutors are running low on time, because most of the charges they would seek to bring have a five-year statute of limitations -- giving them a deadline of August or September 2010.

Update April 8th, 2010: Hunter pled guilty to obstruction of justice and here a link to his deposition about what went down on September 4th, 2005. Warning, not for the faint of heart.

Some reading this who are not familiar with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina may not recall the infamous 'Danziger Seven' Indicted in 2006 were:

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From left: Robert Barrios, Robert Faulcon Jr., Ignatius Hills, Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Michael Hunter Jr. (AP Photo) (AP)

1 comment:

bayoucreole said...

This is just horrific to me. How do you gun down people literally trying to find their way out of a flooded city? I gotta tell ya, I'm more afraid of the cops here than the thugs...and that speaks volumes.