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Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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“Cops have already killed 550 people in 2015,” prompting the response, "If they're black, it doesn't count."

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Posted: April 21, 2016 12:01 AM EDT ~ Updated: April 22, 2016 01:36 AM PDT


Officer Willie Gant faces 25 years to life on each of two counts of sexual battery of a juvenile under age 13 in trial set for June 7, 2016.

New Orleans, LA -- Willie Gant, 59, is a 28-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department. In July of 2014 he arrested on accusations that he groped a pre-teen relative on two separate occasions when she visited his St. Claude-area home. Gant is charged with two counts of sexual battery of a victim under the age of 13. Gant has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Gant has sat quietly through his scheduled court appearances. He has been awaiting trial for nearly two years. On Thursday his trial date was set for June 7, 2016. Gant faces a sentence of 25 years to life on each count, ... if convicted.

Gant has remained free on a $20,000 bond. Gant was initially placed on emergency suspension without pay. However, he has been allowed to return to work with the NOPD while awaiting trial. Gant remains on the force and is assigned to the NOPD's 8th District. The 8th District polices the French Quarter. Gant has declined comment on the case.

A 12-year-old girl told investigators she had been sexually assaulted twice by NOPD officer Willie A. Gant at his home. The case against the officer could hinge on the credibility of his accuser. She was 12 years old when she reported she had been molested. The victim is now 14. Orleans Parish prosecutor Bonycle Thornton asked that the girl be allowed to testify via closed-circuit television. The victim's testimony would occur outside of Gant's presence.

Gant and his defense attorney Criminal District Court Judge Robin Pittman to order any testimony from the girl to be provided live in the courtroom. Gant's attorney argued earlier this month that such an accommodation would deprive Gant of his Sixth Amendment right to confront his accuser. Thornton countered that the arrangement is necessary to prevent the girl from becoming intimidated or distraught by seeing Gant staring back from the defense table.

Two court-certified mental health experts who evaluated the girl agreed with Thornton at an April 7 hearing on the matter. "We recommended to the court to allow her [closed-circuit testimony] because having her face and look at the defendant has the potential of re-traumatizing her." Forensic Psychologist Dr. Rafael Salcedo interviewed the girl with colleague Dr. Richard Richoux. Dr. Richoux is a forensic psychiatrist. Dr. Salcedo testified that, "Having to face the defendant in open court would have a negative impact on the level of emotional distress she would experience." Salcedo said he and Richoux found the girl to be exhibiting symptoms of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress syndrome. He said her emotional state has been affected by the fact that Gant has remained free on a $20,000 bond.

Dr. Salcedo further testified that Gant's being allowed to return to work with the NOPD while awaiting trial, has exacerbated the condition. He continued: "She expressed anxiety, concern, apprehension and almost a sense of injustice that the person she believes molested her was not incarcerated and was out on bond. She is concerned that he is a New Orleans police officer and, in that instance, held some degree of power over her. She doesn't want anything to do with him. He was someone she portrayed as having betrayed her."

Salcedo described Gant's accuser as introverted. He said she is shy and mostly reluctant to discuss the incidents in their interview. The doctor said this makes her testimony in open court a tenuous prospect. The doctor testified: "She didn't want to talk in any detail about what happened. She was close to shutting down, and I didn't push it." Gant's attorney asked: "So you don't know if someone asking a further question would make her shut down? You made the decision not to persist?" The doctored responded: "It was causing her distress to the point I did not want to inflict additional pain on her. I think it would be psychologically devastating to her to testify in court, staring into the face of the man she says sexually molested her."

Gant's arrest record shows that the girl described two incidents of the police officer touching her inappropriately. Each incident occurred while she was in his house visiting his daughters. She said they happened about three weeks apart in July 2014. The report was investigated by detectives from NOPD's sex crimes unit and Public Integrity Bureau.

Detective Sgt. Lawrence Jones swore out an affidavit for an arrest warrant affidavit. In the affidavit he attested that the girl said that on the initial visit in the first week of July, Gant groped her with his hands under her clothes. On a second visit July 26, she told police, she was sleeping on an air mattress when she was awakened around 5 a.m. to find Gant touching her below the waist underneath her clothing. The warrant said she told police that other children also were visiting with Gant. She told police that she had "urged the children not to leave her alone in an effort to prevent further abuse from Gant."

Gant was arrested and temporarily suspended from duty in 2009 in connection with a lawsuit seeking to collect unpaid child support. He also was investigated by the PIB in 2008 after a complaint that he punched a French Quarter tour guide during a traffic dispute on Dauphine Street.

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Posted: October 31, 2011

New Orleans Police Department is a scandal-riddled department that has come under intense national scrutiny. In total, nearly 50 sworn officers in New Orleans have been booted from the force in the past 18 months or have resigned or retired while under investigation or awaiting punishment. NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, took office in May 2010. At present a federal consent decree is looming. On average, every 10 days so far this year, an NOPD officer or higher-ranking cop either is fired or leaves the force while under investigation for officer misconduct. A minimum of 28 officers have either left the NOPD in the past two years following an arrest, or remain on suspended status. NOPD officer misconduct has ranged from officers involved in the Danziger Bridge shootings to a mother-son cop tandem who allegedly beat down a club bouncer in May while off duty.

Henry Hollins (pictured left) was sentenced in March to 45 years in prison for attempted aggravated rape and kidnapping of a woman he picked up in 2009.

Officer Rydell Diggs, though a judge found him not guilty, was accused of beating a man and lifting cash from his wallet during a 2007 traffic stop in the Carrollton neighborhood.

Officer David Ogozalek lost his job in a plea deal for spitting on a fellow officer while being arrested for drunken driving. A few months earlier, he was cleared in a wrongful-death civil lawsuit filed by the family of a man who died as Ogozalek and two other cops tried to restrain him.

Officer Carey Dykes, a 13-year veteran, took a woman to a motel for sex while on the clock.

Officer Patrick O'Hern was accused of firing his weapon into his personal vehicle, disobeying orders and drinking on duty.

Capt. Gwen Norwood downgraded reports of sexual assaults, then came under investigation for payroll fraud related to detail work at the University of New Orleans.

Officer Justin Ferris broke NOPD chase rules, resulting in a fatality, then allegedly lied about it.

The list does not include 21 recruits who were dismissed last year, in part under budget pressure but largely because they didn't cut the academic mustard, according to Serpas. One of them, Stephen Ducksworth, resigned June 30, 2010, after he was arrested in a domestic violence incident; he allegedly fired a gun illegally; damaged property; and tried to harm his girlfriend at his home in eastern New Orleans.

NOPD Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook describes the process as "complete purging," which has followed investigations into actions taken by officers while on duty. "There are so many cases. It doesn't feel like it's slowing down," said Westbrook. The standard for dismissal is far lower than for a criminal prosecution, Westbrook said. "If it's legal," she said, "we're doing it."

Still, some officers who were involved in notorious cases that have cast the department under a dark cloud, including the Danziger Bridge shootings and the fatal beating of Raymond Robair, remain on the active police roster, including five officers who now sit in jail. The civil service appeal process can run years, and the jury is still out for all but one of the officers who have filed appeals following their dismissals. The Civil Service Commission recently upheld the firing of Jason Lewis, who pleaded guilty last year to a count of animal cruelty after his K-9 cop, Primo, died from heat stroke when Lewis left him unattended in a hot police vehicle.

So far, the department has meted out 170 disciplinary actions against cops this year, including 118 suspensions. That, too, is up from last year. The numbers do not include resignations or retirements while under investigation. In a handful of cases, officers have inked their resignations as part of plea deals for lesser sentences or dropped charges. Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro has defended the moves against sharp criticism, saying that it was more important to ensure that a bad officer left the force, as opposed to risking a misdemeanor conviction or acquittal that could mean a legal fight. Felony convictions mean automatic firing.

"Without Justification!"

March 17, 2011

The Justice Department has found evidence that New Orleans police officers have often used deadly force without justification, have a pattern of making unconstitutional arrests and have engaged in racial profiling. The scathing report released Thursday says the department has long failed to adequately protect New Orleans residents. It cites numerous reasons for the failures, including inadequate supervision and ineffective methods of taking and investigating complaints.

"Our investigation has shown that the problems and challenges confronting the NOPD are serious, wide ranging, systemic and deeply routed in the culture of the department," announce Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez. "Our findings revealed a pattern of practice of unconstitutional conduct or violations of federal law in several areas.... including the use of excessive force, unconstitutional stops, searches and arrests and racial profiling and ethnic profiling."

The report was the result of a request made by Mayor Mitch Landrieu shortly after he took office in May 2010. Landrieu has said he would welcome a federal consent decree ordering changes once the Justice Department completed its review.

The department had been plagued by scandal for decades, including shootings of unarmed people in the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Click here to read the report from the Justice Department...

New Orleans Burning!

The Henry Glover Case

Trial: Day 4!

November 20, 2010

The accused are among 20 New Orleans police officers charged in recent months over killings, assaults and the fabrication of evidence during Katrina. They are being prosecuted by the federal government under civil rights legislation after local authorities proved unable or unwilling to act.

Federal prosecutors and civil rights lawyers say that Katrina laid bare a culture of corruption, racist violence and a code of silence in the New Orleans police department (NOPD). They describe a force in chaos: while some officers were dedicated to saving lives, others armed themselves with their own automatic weapons and behaved like vigilantes; senior officers spread false assertions that martial law was declared and encouraged the shooting of looters. At least 10 people died at the hands of the police. Some civil rights lawyers suspect the real figure is much higher. All the victims were African Americans.

More Killers!

September 30, 2010 (Two men cover their faces as they walk past the body of Danny Brumfield Sr. in the street outside the Convention Center on Sept. 3, 2005. Police said Brumfield was shot after attacking an officer with a pair of scissors. Police records in the killing have been subpoenaed.) Two New Orleans police officers lied under oath about the fatal shooting of a man outside the convention center after Hurricane Katrina, according to a federal indictment filed Thursday. The six-count indictment charges the officers, Ronald Mitchell and Ray Jones, with obstruction of justice and perjury. The officers are accused of providing false testimony during depositions for a civil lawsuit filed by the wife of the man who was killed, Danny Brumfield Sr. The officers were not charged with the shooting itself, which occurred when the officers were driving by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Sept. 3, 2005. Brumfield had tried to stop the officers' patrol car, according to family members, anxious to get help for the people stranded at the convention center. According to the indictment, he either jumped on the hood of the car or was struck by the car. It was at that point that Mitchell fired a shotgun at the New Orleans man, hitting him in "his left rear shoulder," the indictment stated. The indictment says Mitchell lied when he claimed he fired at Brumfield only after the man lunged at him with a shiny object in his hand. Prosecutors say Mitchell knew Brumfield didn't have a shiny object. Jones, who drove the car, also is accused of giving a false account of what happened after the shooting. The indictment states that Jones lied when he said that he stopped the car after Brumfield was shot, allowing Mitchell to check the man's pulse. That didn't happen, the indictment contends. The 45-year-old man's family filed a lawsuit against the officers and New Orleans Police Department, which was settled in 2008 for $400,000. The indictment accuses the officers of lying in their deposition testimony with civil attorneys, saying they did this to "corruptly obstruct, impede, and influence an official proceeding."

N.O.P.D. Strikes Again!

June 22, 2010
"I don't know what happened. All I know is that all 12 wounds came in from the back part of his body." -- Dr. Frank Minyard, Coroner, New Orleans Parish
Three New Orleans police officers shot and killed a 17-year-old youth Sunday night in the St. Roch neighborhood after he allegedly pointed and leveled an assault rifle at the officers. The coroner's office determined that Jamyrin Points was shot 12 times, all in the back of his body. "He had wounds in the back parts of his leg, in the upper area of his back, and one in the back of the head," said Dr. Frank Minyard, the Orleans Parish coroner, Monday. "I don't know what happened. All I know is that all 12 wounds came in from the back part of his body." Marlon Defillo, the New Orleans Police Department's assistant superintendent, said Monday that private surveillance footage from the scene shows the man raising the rifle at officers, Defillo said. The department did not release the tape Monday but will turn it over to the district attorney, he said. The shooting took place about 8:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2500 block of Franklin Avenue, near McCue Park. Police said a report of gunfire at the park -- at the base of the Franklin Avenue overpass at Florida Avenue -- prompted officers to investigate. The gunfire had scattered dozens of people who had gathered for a social event at the park, according to police. Within minutes of the initial report, officers encountered a teen running from the area with an assault rifle in his hands, Defillo said. Three officers, all members of the NOPD's 5th District task force, confronted Points steps from the Franklin Avenue Baptist Church. Points, who turned 17 last month, "raised the weapon and leveled it at the officers," Defillo said. Officer Nicholas Williams, officer Lawrence Jones and officer Cleveland Johnson fired their weapons. Points was pronounced dead at the scene.
C.J. Note: If this version is true, how did each and every shot enter Mr. Points' back? At least one (or more) shot should have entered the frontal region of his body. Remember, N.O.P.D. lied about the Danzinger Bridge shooting and killing of unarmed Black people.See: N.O.P.D.: The Saga Continues!

Officers retrieved the assault rifle, with a fully loaded magazine and a bullet in the chamber, at the scene, Defillo said. Police said officers also recovered a pistol about 15 feet from where Points fell. "We believe someone else had a pistol and dropped it," Defillo said. A second teenager was apparently wounded in the incident. Shortly after police shot Points, officers found a 16-year-old boy several blocks away with an apparent gunshot wound to his ankle. The teen, found in the 2100 block of Music Street, told officers he heard gunfire near the park and fled with several other people, according to Defillo. The teen was released from the hospital early Monday. It is unclear whether his wound came from the earlier shooting at the playground, from an officer's weapon or from some type of ricochet, Defillo said. Numerous officers, as well as detectives, canvassed the shooting scene Sunday night. Eventually, police recovered a vehicle that had several fresh assault rifle rounds lodged in it. Crime lab technicians began processing that vehicle on Monday, searching for clues, according to police. Defillo said detectives did not know what prompted the initial gunfire near the playground. Defillo said detectives, while searching the area on Monday, found a second pistol near the scene. Police plucked the gun from the ground near the corner of Law Street and Franklin Avenue. That gun had been reported stolen in an auto burglary on June 10, Defillo said. Per NOPD policy, the three officers who discharged their weapons were placed on administrative desk duty while an internal investigation is conducted. A sergeant from the homicide division is investigating the incident. His case will be turned over to the district attorney's office. The NOPD's public integrity bureau, which investigates complaints against officers, is also reviewing the matter. The city's new independent police monitor's office, who began two weeks ago, was not at the scene. The monitor, Susan Hutson, was in Washington on a business trip but was notified immediately of the shooting, said deputy monitor Holly Wiseman. The monitor's office, meanwhile, is establishing protocols for visiting police shooting scenes and reviewing such cases. The shooting comes amid heavy scrutiny of the police force and its use of deadly force. The FBI has at least eight criminal investigations into alleged NOPD misconduct, most of which center on police shootings in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile, the Department of Justice's special litigation section is conducting a wide-scale assessment of the police force and its practices and policies.

Murder Squad!

February 25, 2010 Lance Madison is arrested Sept. 4, 2005, by New Orleans police officers at the Danziger Bridge. Accused of shooting at police officers, he was cleared of wrongdoing by a state grand jury. NEW ORLEANS — In Hurricane Katrina’s chaotic aftermath, police shot six people – killing two – as they crossed a bridge in search of food. For years the case was a shocking symbol of the confusion and violence that swept through the flooded city. On Wednesday it became a mark of shame for the police department. As victims’ relatives watched from the courtroom gallery, a retired lieutenant who supervised the department’s probe of the shootings pleaded guilty to orchestrating a cover-up to conceal that police gunned down unarmed civilians. Michael Lohman, a 21-year veteran of the force, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors said Lohman and other unidentified officers conspired to fabricate witness statements, falsify reports of the incident and plant a gun in an attempt to make it appear the killings were justified. (More on the story is below.)

Murder of Adolph Grimes, III

Posted: 6:25 PM CST Jan 01, 2013 - Updated: 11:55 PM PST Feb. 02, 2013 NEW ORLEANS, La. —The new year means reliving painful memories for a New Orleans family mourning the loss of their son, killed four years ago by New Orleans police. Not a day goes by the Patricia Grimes doesn't mourn the loss of her son, 22-year-old Adolf Grimes III. Grimes was outside his grandmother's home on Governor Nichols Street on Jan. 1, 2009, when plainclothes officers fired their guns. The Orleans Parish coroner said Grimes was shot 14 times. The case involved nine New Orleans police officers, who said when they identified themselves and approached Grimes' vehicles, Grimes shot at them first. "If you're going to shoot at somebody, why are you going to take one shot and run and you got nine people shooting at you? Why would you take one shot and run? And you got a fully loaded gun. A fully loaded gun. Where's the casings the he supposed to have shot somebody with?" said Patricia Grimes. The family struggles to move on while hoping and waiting for justice to prevail. "They can't get away with this. We're not going to stop until something is done. It's has to be done. It has to be done," said Grimes sister Desi. The NOPD has wrapped up its investigation. The FBI investigation is still ongoing. The U.S. Attorneys Office is also investigating.

Qualified Immunity!

Posted: April 2, 2012 | Updated: Feb. 2, 2013 1:50 AM PST Bellaire Police Sgt. Jeff Cotton sits in the 232nd District Court before opening arguments in his trial Wednesday, May 5, 2010, in Houston. Cotton, 40, is on trial for aggravated assault by a public servant for a shooting incident, where he stands accused for shooting Robert Tolan in his parents' driveway. Texas (WCJB) -- A federal judge on Monday dismissed a lawsuit against two Bellaire police officers involved in the controversial, racially charged shooting of an unarmed black man in the driveway of his Bellaire home on the last day of 2008. Robbie Tolan, a former minor league baseball player, was shot and seriously injured by a white Bellaire police sergeant in a chaotic scene in the middle of the night outside his house. Tolan and his family sued Sgt. Jeffrey Wayne Cotton and Bellaire police officer John C. Edwards as well as the Bellaire Police chief and the mayor, among others, claiming their civil and constitutional rights were violated. On Monday, U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon granted a motion for summary judgment by Cotton and Edwards, who were seeking qualified immunity in the case, ruling that the Tolan family had not established that the two officers had violated their constitutional rights. "Under the doctrine of qualified immunity, public officials, such as police officers, acting within the scope of their authority are shielded from liability for civil damages insofar as their conduct does not violate clearly established statutory or constitutional law," Harmon wrote in a lengthy ruling. In her ruling, Harmon said that the Tolans' allegations that race was a factor in the events of that night were based on their "personal beliefs." "There is simply no admissible evidence ... that either officer was motivated to act due to the race of any of the plaintiffs," she wrote. She also found that Cotton acted reasonably and like any other officer would have when he shot Tolan. "Sergeant Cotton misinterpreted Robbie Tolan's intended actions," she wrote, "but his firing on Robbie Tolan did not violate Robbie Tolan's constitutional rights because Sergeant Cotton feared for his life and could reasonably have believed the shooting was necessary under the totality of the factual circumstances evidenced by the summary judgment record." The Tolans claimed in their lawsuit that Tolan and Anthony Cooper came under suspicion that night because they were black. They claimed that the Bellaire Police Department has a history of racial profiling in the predominantly white city, and alleged that their rights to due process, equal protection and to be free from excessive force were violated. Tolan, then 23, and Cooper, his cousin, were returning to the home owned by Tolan's parents where they both lived early in the morning of Dec. 31, 2008, when Edwards, who was on patrol in the neighborhood, noticed them and ran the license plate of the car they were driving. He entered the wrong number, which came back to a car that had been reported stolen. He called for back-up, drew his weapon and confronted Tolan and Cooper in front of their house, ordering them to the ground. Hearing the commotion outside, Tolan's parents - former major league baseball player Bobby Tolan and his wife, Marian - came outside in their pajamas and began protesting the treatment of the two men. They tried to explain to the officers that the car was theirs and that they lived at that house. Within 32 seconds of Cotton's arrival at the scene, Tolan was shot by Cotton as he started to get up from the ground, protesting the treatment of his mother who was being pushed toward the garage door by one of the officers. Cotton said he thought Tolan was reaching for a gun in his waistband. Cotton was indicted on a charge of first degree aggravated assault by a public servant by a Harris County grand jury. He was found not guilty at trial in May 2010. The Tolans filed their civil lawsuit that month. "Frankly it's no surprise the judge has thrown the suit out against the two officers," their attorney on the day the suit was dismissed. He said the ruling "will almost certainly" be appealed and that the suit would continue against the other defendants. Cotton could not be reached for comment Monday evening. Posted: January 1, 2009 The state repression in New Orleans, especially against African-American people, continues to intensify in the aftermath of the Katrina catastrophe. On January 1, 2009 Adolph Grimes, III was shot 14 times, with nine bullets hitting him in the back, during an early-morning encounter in the 6th Ward with plainclothes officers, which NOPD Superintendent Warren Riley termed a "gun battle." Seven of the nine officers at the scene fired their weapons at Grimes, a New Orleanian with no known criminal record who moved to Houston after Katrina; officers said Grimes fired at them first.
Coroner's Report A coroner's report released in connection with the fatal New Year's Day shooting of a 22-year-old man by New Orleans police found he had been hit directly by 10 shots, nine of them in the back. The report also found Adolph Grimes III had four bullet graze wounds on his arms and forehead from the shooting, which has prompted a federal civil rights lawsuit filed on his behalf over claims the shooting was unjustified. Despite a public outcry over the fatal shooting of Adolph Grimes III, the Police Department has released few details about the shooting and has refused to name the officers involved. All nine officers were reassigned to desk duty pending the homicide division's investigation of whether the shooting was justified, and the FBI has opened its own investigation into the matter. Officers in the unit include the 1st District's entire narcotics squad: 1) Sgt. Daniel Scanlan; 2) Officers Julio Alonzo Jr.; 3) Larissa Austin; 4) Regina Barr; 5) Colette Booth; 6) Gregory Lapin; and 7) Marcellus White, records show. Two others, 8) Lt. Joseph Meisch and Officer 9) Steven Keller, were working with the unit that evening. Hours before fatally shooting a 22-year-old man on New Year's Day, a nine-member New Orleans specialized police unit was involved in another incident in which a man was subdued with a Taser gun, sparking brutality charges by his family, records show. The open investigations involving the officers include an incident hours before the Grimes shooting in which one officer, Meisch, deployed a Taser on an allegedly intoxicated and combative motorist, according to a police report filed in the incident and the record of Meisch's disciplinary history. The nine officers in the specialized unit were on patrol Jan. 1 about 12:20 a.m. and heard gunshots near the intersection of Laharpe and North Dorgenois streets, according to a police report written by Meisch. The officers saw a black SUV run a stop sign at the intersection, the report said. The officers drove closer, turned on their dashboard lights and siren.
The SUV sped up and ran another stop sign before halting, the report states. The driver, identified as Cleavon L. Crutchfield, 32, of River Ridge, refused to get out and screamed. The officers opened his door and reached for him, the report says. Crutchfield deflected their hands, the report says, and Meisch used a Taser on him as he sat in the driver's seat, the report says. Crutchfield, who has a criminal record with numerous drug arrests, resisted. Meisch used a Taser again on him before Crutchfield was handcuffed and booked with several municipal charges, according to the report. NOPD spokesman Bob Young declined to comment February 5, 2009, saying the agency will not comment on internal investigations until they are complete. The first portrait of the police unit involved in the shooting and a fuller picture of their early-morning patrol on New Year's Day has begun to emerge in public documents. The group was assigned to patrol the district to prevent or respond to armed robberies, according to a police report involving a reckless driving incident before the shooting. Riley has said all the officers were dressed like tourists. At 3:06 a.m., NOPD dispatchers received a report of a shooting involving police officers in the 1700 block of Gov. Nicholls Street, near North Claiborne. Minutes earlier at that location, the plainclothes unit had approached Grimes as he sat in the driver's seat of a black Toyota Camry parked outside his grandmother's house. Police officials said the officers approached and Grimes pointed a handgun and fired at them through the rear window of his car. The officers answered with a flurry of shots, police said. Six of the nine officers -- Alonzo, Austin, Barr, Lapin, Scanlan and White -- also are under investigation in connection with an unknown complaint filed in December. Three others are under scrutiny in still another episode of alleged misconduct in which they are accused of executing a search without a warrant, according to public records obtained by [the media]. In a written request to the city's Civil Service Commission, the group's superior asked for an extension in that investigation because the case, assigned to him on Dec. 30, involves officers involved in the Grimes shooting. In addition, Austin, Booth and Scanlan are under scrutiny in connection with a December incident in which they allegedly executed a search without a warrant, according to their disciplinary records. Police said crime lab investigators found a shotgun, shotgun shells and a 9 mm magazine clip in the trunk of Grimes' car when they processed it days later. Eric Hessler, an attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police and several of the reassigned officers, said he believes the police investigation will show that all the officers acted appropriately in response to a threat. Hessler noted that the first responding officer on the shooting scene, not including the unit's nine officers, was NOPD Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo. Hessler allowed that some of the officers have been the focus of several complaints in the past few months. But, he said, they have had more than 3,000 contacts with citizens during that period. "That's a testament to what a good job they are doing, " he said. "They operate in a professional manner." Grimes' family has disputed the police version of events. They said Grimes, a cable installer in Houston and the father of a toddler, had no reason to shoot at police. He had just arrived from Houston on New Year's Day and planned to spend the holiday with relatives left scattered after Hurricane Katrina. Grimes' father has acknowledged that his son owned a 9 mm handgun but said he had a Texas permit for it. He said he didn't know of him possessing a shotgun. While some public documents shed light on the actions of the specialized unit, the NOPD has not yet released a police report on the Grimes shooting. The case is just the latest blow to the New Orleans police force in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In the days after the storm hit, police were unable to maintain order, and about 250 of the 1,500-officer force abandoned the city.

The Danziger Bridge Update!

February 24, 2010 NEW ORLEANS – A former police lieutenant pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to obstruct justice after federal officials say he helped cover for officers who killed two people on a bridge in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina. Federal investigators say former Lt. Michael Lohman knew two people shot to death as they crossed the Danziger Bridge had no weapons, but he and others filed false reports to make the shootings seem justified. Four other people were wounded. Family members of the victims gathered at the downtown federal courthouse as Lohman arrived to enter his plea. "We are very, very happy about the progress that the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department have made," said Dr. Romell Madison, brother of Ronald Madison, who was killed on the bridge. "It's a tremendous relief for us to see some sort of closure. The people of New Orleans should be relieved that there is still justice for everybody here." Seven officers were charged with murder or attempted murder in the Sept. 4, 2005, shootings, just days after Katrina smashed levees and flooded 80 percent of the city. But a state judge dismissed the charges in 2008. Until Lohman's plea Wednesday no one had been convicted in the deaths of Madison, a 40-year-old mentally disabled man, and 19-year-old James Brissette. Four others were wounded. Survivors have said the officers fired at unarmed people who were crossing to get food at a grocery store. The officers acknowledged shooting at people on the bridge, but claimed they did so only after being fired on. The Danziger case is one of the best-known incidents of violence involving police after Katrina, a time in which confusion across the flooded city led to widespread reports, many later discounted, of police and rescuers being fired on. Lohman, now 42, supervised the initial probe of the officers' actions at the bridge, which spans the Industrial Canal and connects the working-class Gentilly neighborhood with eastern New Orleans. Both areas were extensively damaged in the storm. His investigation drew U.S. Justice Department attention after the state judge dismissed charges against the seven officers. Federal officials say Lohman knew another investigator planned to plant a gun to justify the shooting and asked if it was "clean," meaning it could not be traced back to another crime, according to the documents. The investigator assured him it was and he went along with the plan to plant it. After Lohman's plea, U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said the investigation continues. He called the case "a pretty elaborate ongoing conspiracy." He declined to say whether higher-ranking police officials might have been involved. "We are going to follow the evidence wherever it takes us," he said. Lohman went to the scene of the shootings, saw that the victims had no weapons, and concluded the shooting was unjustified, according to the bill of information. Then he and other unnamed officers conspired to cover that up by filing false statements on a police report about the incident, according to the documents, which does not name the other officers. The plan was "to ensure that the shootings would appear to be legally justified and that the involved officers would therefore be shielded from prosecution and liability," the documents said. A lawyer for one of the officers originally charged in the shootings said federal investigators have been looking into what they described as a "corrupt investigation." So far, lawyers for two other officers have identified their clients as targets of the probe. The documents unsealed Wednesday allege Lohman and two unidentified sergeants drafted different versions of a false incident report on the bridge shootings in October 2005. Among claims in the false report was a statement by one of the victims that she had seen her nephew and others firing guns on the bridge. Federal officials say Lohman drafted his own 17-page false report after becoming dissatisfied that another investigator's false account was not logical. "On several occasions in or about October 2005, defendant Lohman reviewed drafts of the false report written by the investigator and counseled the investigator on ways to make the story in the report sound more plausible," according to court documents. The documents said Lohman also told the investigator to speak with each of the shooters to ensure they were "OK with" the false report, and were willing to give statements consistent with it. "It's pretty incredible stuff, said the lawyer for Jose Holmes, Jr., who said he was shot several times as he lay on the ground but survived. "It's like a script from Hollywood." Lohman is to be sentenced May 26, 2010. The Danziger Bridge Shooting by N.O.P.D. On September 4, 2005 in New Orleans : The Initial Version of Events by N.O.P.D.:"Police shot and killed at least five people Sunday after gunmen opened fire on a group of contractors traveling across a bridge on their way to make repairs, authorities said. Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people carrying guns, killing five or six. A Revised Version of Events by N.O.P.D.:A month after the shootings, the Police Department issued a statement giving its most complete account. It said that seven officers had responded to a call, not from contractors but from two officers "down." The statement said a sheriff's deputy from a neighboring parish had requested backup because of "gunfire from several persons on the same bridge" — shots directed at relief workers in boats. But nearly three months later — and after repeated revisions of the official account of the incident and a lowering of the death toll to two — authorities said they were still trying to reconstruct what happened Sept. 4 on the Danziger Bridge. And on the city's east side, where the shootings occurred, two families that suffered casualties are preparing to come forward with stories radically different from those told by police. In the following weeks, the official account would be modified again. It turned out, police said, that only two of the suspects had been killed. Although not disclosed by police, one of the dead was the mentally retarded man, 40-year-old Ronald Madison, family and friends said. The other was a 19-year-old man. Four others were injured: Leonard Bartholomew, 44; his wife, Susan, 39; their daughter, Leisha, 17; and their nephew, Jose Holmes Jr., 19. The aftermath - Criminal Indictments NOPD Sgt. Robert Gisevius makes his way to Central Lockup with supportive fellow officers lining South White Street. Seven New Orleans police officers indicted Thursday, December 28, 2006, surrendered to the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's office Tuesday, January 6, 2007, walking to central lockup past hundreds of supporting officers (Notice how the White Officers shake Sgt. Gisevius' hand and pat him on the back for killing African-Americans?)). The seven officers were charged on an array of murder and attempted murder charges stemming from a shooting on the Danziger Bridge six days after Hurricane Katrina that left two people dead and four wounded. In New Orleans, seven police officers have been indicted by a state grand jury looking into the fatal shooting of two people in the chaotic days following Hurricane Katrina. The incident in question took place on the Danziger Bridge, which connects two predominately black neighborhoods that were flooded by the storm. Four New Orleans police officers have been indicted on charges of first-degree murder in connection with those killings. Three other officers were charged with attempted murder.
The officers indicted in late December 2006 after a lengthy grand jury investigation are [f]ormer officer Robert Faulcon, who quit the force after the storm, [and] was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Madison; Sgt. Kenneth Bowen; Sgt. Robert Gisevius; and officer Anthony Villavaso, Faulcon also faces a first-degree murder charge in Brissette's death. Those officers, as well as officers Michael Hunter; Ignatius Hills; and Robert Barrios, also were indicted with a slew of attempted-murder charges for wounding or shooting at the other victims. The Criminal Indictments are Quashed! On August 13, 2008, Murder and attempted murder charges against seven New Orleans police officers, accused of shooting unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina, were tossed out by Criminal District Court Judge Raymond Bigelow (pictured right), who concluded that an Orleans Parish prosecutor tainted the secrecy of the grand jury process by showing a piece of testimony to another officer. "The violation is clear, and indeed, uncontroverted. The state improperly disclosed grand jury testimony to another police officer," Bigelow said, reading his ruling from the bench. The judge also dealt a blow to the prosecution on two other pending defense challenges to the indictment, providing further reason to quash certain charges against specific defendants. He concluded former Assistant District Attorney Dustin Davis improperly gave immunity to three officers for their testimony before the grand jury, which subsequently indicted those officers, as well as four others. Bigelow also found that the instructions that Davis gave to the grand jury considering the attempted murder charges were flawed. USA Reality - Katrina - Vigilantes Shooting Black Men.(I)
Looting Cops
The state of Louisiana is also looking into unconfirmed reports that some officers participated in looting during Hurricane Katrina.

N.O.P.D.'s History

On October 8, 2005 (pictured left), The N.O. police were videotaped beating a[n] African-American New Orleans man last Saturday night. New Orleans police charged Robert Davis of public intoxication and resisting arrest during the late-night encounter in the French Quarter. Today Davis, a 64-year-old retired schoolteacher, pleaded not guilty to the charges. New Orleans Police officer Len Davis procured a drug dealer to kill a witness who was charg[ed] him with officer misconduct. You literally had one case where an officer ordered a drive-by by a drug dealer on a citizen that complained about him. Another N.O.P.D. officer kill[ed] her partner in a robbery of a Vietnamese restaurant. As a result of a corruption probe in the 1990's, one hundred sixty officers in were sent to jail, with three ending up on death row.

Kim Anh's!

October 02, 1995 New Orleans, La. -- At Kim Anh's, a family's Vietnamese restaurant in east New Orleans. Ronald Williams, the police officer who regularly moonlighted as a security guard, wasn't his usual jovial self. "Somehow that night Ronnie not feel happy, my brother too," says Chau Vu, 23. "Somehow that night something already wrong." Shortly after 1 a.m. on March 4, 1994, a woman and man burst through the front door of the restaurant. Williams, 25, was immediately shot point-blank in the neck, back and head. "It severed his spinal cord. He dropped instantly," said assistant district attorney Elizabeth Teel. Then, while Cuong and his sister Ha, 24, knelt on the kitchen floor praying and begging for mercy, the attackers pistol-whipped Cuong, demanding the day's receipts. Chau, who, with her brother Quoc, 19, had hidden in the restaurant's cooler when the attack began, heard nine shots. When she emerged, Chau discovered that both Cuong and Ha had been executed where they knelt. What stunned New Orleans most was the identity of the female shooter, who had been recognized by two victims. She was Antoinette Frank, 24, a New Orleans police officer. "When people hear on the news that the person sworn to serve and protect them has just gone out and slaughtered innocent people and a police officer, it has a devastating effect," says Teel. So devastating that on Sept. 11 a New Orleans jury took just 22 minutes—a city record for a capital case—to convict Frank of three counts of first-degree murder and, the next day, another 45 minutes to recommend she be sentenced to death by lethal injection. (Frank becomes one of only 42 women on death row in the U.S., compared with 2,967 men.) Earlier, Frank's accomplice in the crime, Rogers Lacaze, 19, was also convicted and sentenced to death. Frank's attorneys maintained her innocence throughout the trial. Detained at the scene, Frank first tried blaming the murders on Lacaze, then later claimed she had been an unwilling accomplice. (What happened in the minutes after the murders isn't clear. Investigators believe Frank dropped off accomplice Lacaze—and then ran into the district police office saying a cop had been hurt and she needed a car. Pretending to respond, Frank returned to the restaurant about 1:50 a.m. Police say she may have suspected Chau and Quoc had survived and was planning to kill them too. Fortunately, Quoc had run to a nearby home to call police, and other officers began arriving at the same time. Chau ran out of the cooler when they arrived. "Frank asked Chau what happened, and Chau looked at her like she had lost her mind," Woods quotes the officers as saying. "She said, 'You know what happened. You were there!'") Lacaze, arrested later that morning, pointed the finger back at her. Neither has expressed remorse, and Lacaze seemed to believe he would not be punished for the crime. "Mr. Lacaze claimed he had received letters from [Frank] telling him everything would be okay after her trial," according to a prison report. New Orleans remains haunted by the case. Even compared to other police scandals, "this beats all," says Teel. The city's 1,500-member police force has long had a reputation for lax hiring standards, low salaries, corruption and brutality, but recent years have seen an explosion of scandalous incidents. Frank's arrest last March made her the fourth New Orleans cop arrested for murder within a year's time. Between October 1994 - 1995, 31 officers had been arrested for crimes including rape, homicide and drug trafficking. Other cities have been roiled by police scandals in recent months—Mark Fuhrman has brought disrepute to the LAPD, and Philadelphia and Atlanta have been stung by revelations of corrupt and even murderous officers—but the Frank case has shed a burning light on cops in the Big Easy. "The only organized crime in New Orleans," says Mary E. Howell, a local civil rights attorney, "is the police department." That Frank was hired in the first place says much about disarray in the department. The daughter of Adam Frank, an Opelousas, La., phone company employee, and his wife, Mary Ann, Frank had applied to the department in 1991. A routine background check disclosed that she lied about her termination from a job at an Opelousas Wal-Mart—just as she neglected to mention that her brother Adam Jr., 25, was wanted on attempted manslaughter charges. In addition, Frank flunked the police academy's psychological tests, earning low rankings in integrity, impulse control and empathy. Yet when she produced a favorable psychological profile written by her own doctor, she was hired anyway.

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