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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

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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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"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"
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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"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."

-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.

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Posted: Wed., August 26, 2015, 9:46 AM ET ~ Updated: Thurs., August 27, 2015, 2:29 AM PT

Sunset, Louisiana (WCJB) -- A Louisiana police officer responding to a call of a man stabbing women was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon, authorities said. DiCapo identified the officer as Henry Nelson, 52. The suspect was identified as 35-year-old Harrison Lee Riley.

One of the women who was stabbed also died, Deputy Sheriff Paul DiCapo of the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office said. Shameka Johnson, 41, died of her stab wounds. Two other women were hospitalized. Her sister Surlay Johnson, 34, is in serious condition. They are sisters of the mayor of nearby Grand Coteau, Shaterral Johnson. The third woman is Courtney Jolivette Riley. She is the suspect's wife. She was listed in stable condition.

Riley was hospitalized after fleeing in his car from the house in Sunset, Louisiana. The incident occurred at the hme. He crashed into a convenience store several blocks away, police said. Riley barricaded himself behind an office door but gave up after police used tear gas and broke into the room. The suspect had some irritation to his eyes from tear gas. He was unhurt otherwise.

Sunset is a town of about 3,000 people located some 15 miles north of Lafayette, Louisiana.

Deliberate Indifference!

Nov. 16, 2014

New Orleans, La. -- Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said Thursday that he has reassigned to desk duty five detectives who were the subject this week of a scathing Inspector General’s Office report that said they largely ignored hundreds of sex crime allegations over the past three years. The move came a day after the new chief was confronted with the latest blow to the NOPD’s reputation, along with questions about why the five detectives accused in the report had been reassigned to street work in three police districts rather than put on the shelf pending further investigation.

When the IG’s report was released Wednesday, Harrison said the officers singled out in the report had been removed from special sex crimes and child abuse units and placed on patrol duty — some of them months ago as the IG’s Office bored into their records.

On Thursday, he said they had been placed on “administrative reassignment,” taking them off the streets.

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux has periodically criticized the Police Department over the way it tracks crime statistics and manages its personnel. But Wednesday’s revelations hit harder, raising fresh questions about how far some of the department’s reform efforts progressed under former Superintendent Ronal Serpas, who abruptly retired in August.

Quatrevaux said the officers in question simply labeled hundreds of the sex crime cases assigned to them as “miscellaneous” and followed up on only a fraction of the cases they did classify as crimes with anything more than cursory initial reports. One officer allegedly told colleagues she did not think simple rape should be classified as a crime.

Harrison suggested that all of the officers may face criminal charges, and two are accused of backdating six reports on the same day in 2013, after Quatrevaux’s office asked the department to produce them.

While the department has pushed back against Quatrevaux’s conclusions in the past, that has not been the case this time, at least not yet. Quatrevaux and Harrison announced the findings at a joint news conference, and Harrison said the department’s Public Integrity Bureau this week launched its own full-scale investigation of the five detectives.

“Our Public Integrity Bureau is working around the clock to investigate each allegation outlined in the OIG report,” Harrison said in a statement Thursday. “Based on our initial review of the findings, we believe there is enough evidence to suggest that these five officers weren’t doing the job they were charged to do. We will continue to investigate each case and will take additional disciplinary action if and when we discover violations.”

The detectives under investigation are Akron Davis, Merrill Merricks, Derrick Williams, Damita Williams and
Vernon Haynes. All of them have spent more than 15 years on the force. All but Davis worked in the sex crimes unit.

Donovan Livaccari, an attorney with the local Fraternal Order of Police lodge, called the decision to put the officers on desk duty “a little bit of an overreaction” and cautioned against convicting them prematurely. “I hope this is not an indication that the investigation that follows will be unduly influenced by published reports,” he said.

Taser Bullies

July 14, 2011

"'He (Ring) was extremely violent towards all the deputies trying to restrain him[.] 'He was continuously kicking and spitting on the deputies.'"

-- Deputy James McCord wrote in his incident report regrading the arrest of Darren T. Ring.

A Tennessee man, Darren T. Ring, 34, of New Johnsonville, sustained a punctured lung and cracked ribs following a brutal beating from a team of police deputies - while he was already in handcuffs. After being stripped naked, the man was kicked and shocked repeatedly with a Taser gun. The January 23 incident was caught on tape by video equipment fixed to the vehicle of a Humphreys county sheriff deputy.

Humpreys County deputies descended on Ring after responding to a report of gunshots in Waverly. Ring was not arrested for firing the shots but was drunk when the deputies arrived, reports show.

In a grand jury indictment, Ring was charged with three counts of assaulting an officer, resisting arrest, and a parole violation. However, the video footage shows deputies repeatedly telling Ring to stop resisting arrest while he is incapacitated laying facedown in the snow with at least two deputies on top of him.

Contradictory to events that were caught on the hidden camera, Deputy James McCord wrote in his incident report that Ring kicked him in the testicles, poked him in the eye and tried to grab a fellow deputy’s firearm.

'He (Ring) was extremely violent towards all the deputies trying to restrain him,' the incident report states. 'He was continuously kicking and spitting on the deputies.'

However, the video shows a half-naked Ring being held down and intermittently kicked and struck with a baton for approximately 10 minutes. To add insult to injury, later in the video a Waverly police department officer arrives on the scene and proceeds to repeatedly taser an immobilized Ring, while the deputies tell him to roll over onto his stomach.

In the video Ring says he can’t roll over. His attorney a Public Defender, said his client was unable to move because of repeated Taser shots. Ring is requesting to be released from jail where he has been held in lieu of bond for more than five months. 'The defendant had committed no crime,' the motion states, 'was not advised that he was being arrested for any crime, and was not charged with any crime until after the officers had beaten him and had to charge the defendant in an attempt to justify or cover up their own criminal conduct of aggravated assault on the defendant.' Ring has also hired a prominent Nashville attorney for a possible civil suit. The attorney said his client may pursue civil action once the criminal charges against Ring are resolved.

'I'm not going to speculate why the deputies acted this way,' said the attorney. 'Never in my 35 years have I seen anything like it, especially when you consider how long Mr. Ring was kicked, beaten with a baton and tasered.'

In his motion, the Public Defender asked that Ring be released from Humphreys County jail and requested “that all charges should be dropped because the defendant committed no crime and, even if he had committed some crime, he was punished so severely that jeopardy should attach and bar further prosecution.”

Ring has had previous arrests including a recent driving under influence charge. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said the officers in question have not been suspended, but further details could not be released because of the investigation.

'Can't We All
Get Along'
Without Alcohol!

July 13, 2011

Los Angeles, CA (WCJB) -- Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police ultimately led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Tuesday, police said. King's 1991 beating by Los Angeles police officers after a traffic stop left him with skull fractures and brain and kidney damage. It was captured on video by a nearby resident. King was on parole for robbery at the time of the beating. Four officers were indicted as a result of the videotape.

But their trial the following year led to three acquittals and a mistrial in the predominantly white suburb of Simi Valley, verdicts that set off three days of riots in African-American neighborhoods. By the time it was over, 55 people were dead, more than 2,000 were hurt, and property damage exceeded $1 billion. Two of the officers were later convicted of federal civil rights charges, and King won $3.8 million in damages from the city in a civil suit.

King has had several run-ins with the law in the ensuing years. He served a 90-day jail term in 1996 for a hit-and-run involving his wife at the time, and pleaded guilty in 2004 to reckless driving and driving under the influence of a controlled substance. In March 2011, he was cited for driving without a license after being pulled over in Arcadia, California. Most recently, King was stopped behind the wheel of a 1994 Mitsubishi when he was pulled over in Moreno Valley, in Southern California's Riverside County, the city's police department reported. Officers saw King -- who has acknowledged a longstanding drinking problem -- commit "several traffic violations," a police statement said. "A preliminary evaluation of the driver indicated he was possibly driving while impaired. The subject was transported to the Moreno Valley Police Department for a further evaluation," police said. He was booked after that further evaluation, they said.

Murder on the Danzinger Bridge!

Reflection Time!

Published: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 2:06 PM - Updated: Wednesday, April 04, 2012, 3:49 PM
""I wanted the court and everyone to know how proud I am of my son and all of his accomplishments." -- Former NOPD Sgt. Kenneth Bowen's father, Kenneth Bowen Sr., a lawyer and former NOPD officer, addressing the court on behalf of his son, Sgt. Bowen, who was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
New Orleans, La. -- After a morning featuring powerful testimony from both the victims of the Danziger Bridge shootings and friends and relatives of the former NOPD officers who fired at them, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt this afternoon imposed stiff sentences on the five former cops who were convicted at trial last summer. The four defendants convicted of participating in the shootings themselves -- which claimed the lives of two civilians, and badly injured four others -- all face prison terms of 38 years or more, while lead investigator Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was sentenced to six years. Robert Faulcon Jr., 48, received the stiffest sentence: 65 years in prison. Faulcon is the only officer tied to the second of the two fatal shootings on the bridge -- that of Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old mentally challenged man. Madison was felled by a shotgun blast to the back fired by Faulcon on the western side of the bridge. Former Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, 38, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Bowen sat in the front passenger seat as a Budget rental truck full of officers sped to the bridge on the morning of Sept. 4, 2005. Prosecutors said Bowen jumped out of the truck and sprayed an AK-47 at a concrete barrier where civilians were hiding. The jury also convicted him of stomping on Madison as he lay dying, though Engelhardt later threw out that conviction, citing a lack of physical evidence. Former Sgt. Robert Gisevius Jr., 39, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Gisevius was one of several officers who rode to the bridge in the back of the Budget truck. He opened fire with an M-4 rifle after jumping out the back of the truck, and later, with Bowen and the investigators, helped orchestrate a years-long cover-up to hide what actually happened on the bridge. Anthony Villavaso II, 35, was sentenced to 38 years in prison. He, too, rode in the back of the Budget truck, and then jumped out and fired an AK-47 at unarmed civilians on the bridge. Nine casings matching that AK-47 were recovered by investigators. Kaufman, 55, a former sergeant at NOPD, was sentenced to six years in prison. He was the only one of the five defendants sentenced today who was not already incarcerated; Engelhardt ordered him to report to prison on May 23. Kaufman, who retired from the NOPD in May 2011, was the only one of the five defendants who was not involved in the shootings themselves. He was the lead investigator in the case, and was found to have authored several reports and draft reports containing false or fabricated information. In calculating Kaufman's sentence, Engelhardt agreed to depart downward from the federal guidelines, as requested by Kaufman's lawyer, Stephen London. London said the guidelines called for a sentence ranging from eight to 12 years for Kaufman. Federal prosecutors asked Engelhardt for a stiffer sentence of 20 years. The government's reliance on cooperating witnesses who were looking to protect themselves made the judge very uncomfortable. "Using liars to convict liars is no way to pursue justice," Engelhardt said. "Pursuing perjury charges at this trial would be like giving out speeding tickets at the Indy 500," he added. In a speech that spanned two hours, Engelhardt criticized numerous aspects of the government's case on what he called "a sad day for New Orleans." He said he was "astonished and deeply troubled" by the plea bargains that prosecutors granted to officers who cooperated with the government, which resulted in far more lenient sentences. For instance, Lt. Michael Lohman, Kaufman's supervisor and in Engelhardt's view the lead architect of the cover-up, received a four-year sentence. "The buck started and stopped with him," Engelhardt said of Lohman. Meanwhile, Robert Barrios, Villavaso's partner, received a five-year sentence. Engelhardt called him "the biggest winner in the plea-bargain sweepstakes." The judge also took exception with some of the charging decisions made by the Department of Justice, as well as the mandatory minimum sentences prescribed by law. Engelhardt imposed the sentences before a courtroom packed with relatives and friends of the victims and the convicted. Also in attendance were U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and Tom Perez, head of the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, which took a lead role in prosecuting the Danziger case. Lance Madison, who was arrested on the bridge the day of the incident told the courtroom that his brother, Ronald, was "gunned down and killed without mercy" by police that day. Madison also talked of his family's loss, speaking of their "deep sorrow and a void that can never be filled." He asked Engelhardt to sentence the defendants to the maximum allowed by law. Madison told the five former officers: "You are the reason I can no longer trust law enforcement." Gary Bizal, an attorney for Jose Holmes Jr., who was shot on the bridge and survived, read a statement on behalf of Holmes. Holmes said officers are to blame for all his scars; for his having to wear a colostomy bag for several years after the shooting; and for his being unable to use his left hand properly. He also said, however, that he is a forgiving person, and that he has to forgive the officers for what they did. As Bizal read the statement, Holmes sat on a courtroom bench, slumped over, his face buried in his arms. Sherrel Johnson, the mother of James Brissette, who was killed on the bridge, gave an emotional speech in which she repeatedly said: "I can't for the life of me understand what they were thinking." She noted her son was 17 when he was killed. "He didn't deserve this," she said. "He never even knew what hit him." Several friends and family members addressed the court on behalf of the first defendant, former NOPD Sgt. Kenneth Bowen. First up was the officer's father, Kenneth Bowen Sr., a lawyer and former NOPD officer. "I wanted the court and everyone to know how proud I am of my son and all of his accomplishments," Bowen Sr. said. Bowen Sr. noted that his son worked for the NOPD while attending law school, and dedicated his entire career to serving the community. Bowen Sr. said he tried to get his son to leave the NOPD to start a legal practice, but his son said he felt he would make a bigger impact serving the city by remaining a cop. Bowen Sr. noted that as a former officer, he knows what it's like to respond to a "108 call," signaling that an officer is in distress. "You are anxious. You are fearful," he said. Bowen Sr. said it makes no sense that a group of well-trained, well-educated officers who had been saving people's lives in the days after Hurricane Katrina would decide to wake up that day and shoot people in broad daylight. "I know in my heart that my son would never shoot anyone without cause," he said. Bowen Sr. said his son made a split-second decision and acted "in what he thought was the best interest of the community."


August 5, 2011 From left: Robert Barrios, Robert Faulcon Jr., Ignatius Hills, Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Michael Hunter Jr. (AP Photo). Video: Recap of the established facts
NEW ORLEANS (WCJB) — A federal jury on Friday convicted five current or former police officers in the deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. Former officer Robert Faulcon, Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen, Officer Anthony Villavaso and retired Sgt. Arthur Kaufman were convicted of charges stemming from the cover-up of the shootings. All but Kaufman were convicted of civil rights violations stemming from the shootings. Kaufman, who investigated the shootings, was charged only in the cover-up. However, the jury didn't find that the shootings amounted to murder. A victim on the Danzinger bridge lies dead after police shot and killed citizens displaced by the Hurricane. Prosecutors contended during the five-week federal trial that officers shot unarmed people without justification and without warning, killing two and wounding four others on Sept. 4, 2005, then embarked on a cover-up involving made-up witnesses, falsified reports and a planted gun. Defense attorneys countered that the officers were returning fire and reasonably believed their lives were in danger as they rushed to respond to another officer's distress call less than a week after Katrina struck. The mother of 17-year-old James Brissette, one of the people killed on the bridge, said she was relieved by the verdict after "a long, hard six years." But she was puzzled that the jury could conclude her son wasn't murdered. "How are you able to empty a shotgun in the person and it's not murder?" Sherrel Johnson said. Prosecutors had argued during trial that Faulcon fired the "kill shot" from a shotgun, striking Brissette in the head. Sentencing was tentatively scheduled for Dec. 14. Kaufman (pictured left) remains free on bond until he is sentenced. The other four officers already are jailed and face possible life prison sentences. Prosecutors contended at trial that Kaufman retrieved a gun from his home weeks after the shootings and turned it in as evidence, trying to pass it off as a gun belonging to Lance Madison. He also is accused of fabricating two nonexistent witnesses to the shootings. The trial was a high-profile test of the Justice Department's effort to clean up a police department marred by a reputation for corruption and brutality. A total of 20 current or former New Orleans police officers were charged last year in a series of federal probes. Most of the cases center on actions during the aftermath of the Aug. 29, 2005, storm, which plunged the flooded city into a state of lawlessness and desperation. "This was a critical verdict. I cannot overstate the importance of this verdict. The power, the message it sends to the community, the healing power it has," U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said after the verdict. Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Carter said in closing arguments Tuesday that police had no justification for shooting unarmed, defenseless people trying to cross the bridge in search of food and help mere days after Katrina struck. "It was unreasonable for these officers to fire even one shot, let alone dozens," he had said. Defense attorneys argued, however, that police were shot at on the bridge before they returned fire. "None of these people intentionally decided to go out there and cause people harm," said Villavaso's lawyer. He said they did their best, operating under "terrible, horrible circumstances" after Katrina. Faulcon, the only defendant to testify, said he was "paralyzed with fear" when he shot and killed a 40-year-old mentally disabled man, Ronald Madison, as he chased him and his brother, Lance Madison. Faulcon didn't dispute that he shot an unarmed man in the back, but he testified that he had believed Ronald Madison was armed and posed a threat.

NOPD Murder Trial!

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

Back Blasts!

July 17, 2011 A renowned forensic pathologist testified Thursday that Danziger Bridge shooting victim James Brissette was killed by a shotgun blast to the back of the head and then shot at least three additional times while he lay face-down on the ground. In all, 17-year-old Brissette sustained numerous gunshot wounds from at least three different weapons, said Dr. Vincent Di Maio. (The Danziger Bridge victims: Graphic explains what happened to members of the Bartholomew and Madison families (click on photo to view full size)) Brissette -- one of two men killed in the post-Katrina police shooting -- was shot at least twice with a shotgun, at least twice with an AK-47, and at least two other times, according to Di Maio. Aided by x-rays, graphic autopsy photos and other medical snapshots, Di Maio went wound by wound, offering forensic analysis on each of the six wounded civilians. For Brissette, Di Maio also used a photo, possibly taken by a police officer that day, that showed the dead teenager lying prone against a cement barrier. Survivors have testified that upon hearing gunshots, they jumped behind this barrier, which creates a pedestrian walkway on the side of the Danziger Bridge.

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Di Maio said the five victims on the eastern New Orleans side of the bridge were wounded by blasts from four types of weapons: a shotgun, an AK-47, a Glock handgun and a "center-fire rifle" that uses .223-caliber ammunition. On the Gentilly side of the bridge, Ronald Madison was killed by a shotgun blast to the back. Four of the defendants on trial -- Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso and former Officer Robert Faulcon -- fired weapons that day. The fifth officer on trial, retired Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, spearheaded a whitewash of the incident, according to prosecutors. The officers raced to the bridge on Sept. 4, 2005 in response to a police distress call. Attorneys for the accused officers have said the cops were shot at by civilians and returned fire. Di Maio, a longtime medical examiner in Texas, is considered an expert on gunshot wounds. (Vincent Dimaio, pictured right, an expert witness for the government in the Danziger Bridge trial, is pictured here testifying in another case in Los Angeles in 2007.) He wrote a textbook on the subject and is often consulted by forensic pathologists and others. He testified that he billed prosecutors $5,000 for his services. Di Maio's testimony supported aspects of prosecutors' theory of the shooting on the east side of the bridge, particularly certain actions they contend Bowen and Gisevius took. Former officer Michael Hunter, a key government witness, testified last week that after the initial barrage of shooting stopped on the east side of the bridge, Bowen took his AK-47, leaned over the cement barrier, held the gun at arms-length and fired at the people lying on the ground. Hunter characterized it is a slight sweeping motion. In front of the jury on Thursday, federal prosecutor Barbara "Bobbi" Bernstein held a fake AK-47 in her hands and mimicked the supposed sweeping gunfire on a paralegal lying on the courtroom floor in place of Brissette's body. (The Danziger Bridge victims: Graphic explains what happened to members of the Bartholomew and Madison families (click on photo to view full size)) Di Maio said the actions portrayed by Bernstein would be consistent with wounds on Brissette's left arm and chest, which he said could be the result of a ricochet from Bowen's AK-47 against the concrete barrier. Another wound on Brissette, a shot to his front upper thigh, was the result of a .223-caliber bullet, Di Maio testified. Di Maio posited this wound could have occurred when Brissette was on his back on the ground, with his knee flexed. Again holding the fake AK-47, Bernstein questioned whether it could have been the result of Gisevius holding his M-4 rifle with his left hand and shooting down toward the people behind the barrier. Prosecutors assert Gisevius can be seen making this move in a video of parts of the shooting taken from the Interstate 10 highrise by an NBC news crew. Di Maio said the movement mimed by Bernstein could account for the wound on Brissette's leg. Witnesses have testified that Gisevius was carrying and firing an M-4 rifle that day, although he never turned the weapon in to NOPD investigators. Although experts have testified that there were .223 casings -- which are used by an M-4 -- collected from the scene, they haven't been conclusively linked to his weapon. Gisevius' attorney pressed Di Maio on whether Bernstein's theory was the only explanation for Brissette's leg wound. The attorney noted that Di Maio's expert opinions were based on material given to him by prosecutors. He questioned whether the wound to Brissette's leg could have happened when the leg was stretched out as he climbed over the concrete barrier. Di Maio agreed it was possible. Gisevius' attorney also presented a counter theory in the case, which has emerged in recent days, that Brissette's wound could have resulted from gunfire coming from a grassy area underneath and adjacent to the bridge. Di Maio said that is possible, but his opinion is based on the configuration "most consistent" with the evidence he'd reviewed. Brissette also sustained two shotgun blasts, both of which appeared to have occurred from behind while he was face down on the ground, or on the way down to the ground, Di Maio said. One blast swept up the back of his body, with pellets lodging into the base of his head, his shoulder and buttocks. The pellets that lodged into Brissette's brain would have made him immobile and killed him, the doctor said. Among the surviving victims on the east side of the bridge, Jose Holmes sustained a shotgun blast that lodged pellets in his face, arm and hand. It appeared he had his hand and arm across his face in a defensive gesture, Di Maio said. Holmes was shot two more times, including once with a .40-caliber bullet across his abdomen. Susan Bartholomew, whose arm was nearly severed by gunfire, among other wounds, was hit by rifle fire, as was her daughter, Lesha Bartholomew, according to Di Maio. Meanwhile, Leonard Bartholomew III, the least severely injured, was hit by a shotgun blast likely "fired from a distant range," Di Maio said. One pellet entered the back of his head and traveled through his scalp, but never pierced his skull. On the Gentilly side of the bridge, Madison died from a single shotgun blast to the back, allegedly at the hands of Faulcon, who was carrying a shotgun. Madison was shot prior to that blast in his shoulder. Witnesses have testified that Madison had been fired on by officers and was running away off the bridge, with a bloodied shirt, when Faulcon fired. It is unclear what kind of gunfire caused the two wounds in Madison's shoulder, Di Maio said. During Di Maio's examination of x-rays for the two dead victims, he found evidence of shotgun wounds missed during the initial autopsies, conducted at the facility set up by a federal mortuary team in St. Gabriel Louisiana. For example, Di Maio found a cluster of shotgun pellets in Brissette's heel, two in his shoulder, one in his spine and another in his pelvis. More than 30 witnesses have testified for the government over the last three weeks. Once prosecutors finish presenting their case, likely next week, the accused officers will begin their defense.

Dupree: Code "108"!

July 3, 2011 NEW ORLEANS, LA (WCJB) — A police officer whose frantic radio call led to a deadly encounter between police and residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina testified Wednesday that she heard gunfire and saw two armed men before she summoned help. Officer Jennifer Dupree, a government witness in the federal trial of five current or former officers charged in the fatal shootings and an alleged cover-up, said she heard the shots and saw two men with guns running away while she and other officers were on a high-rise bridge that runs parallel to the Danziger Bridge. A group of officers who responded to Dupree's "108" call — a code signaling an officer's life is in danger — shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge. "Did you ever put it out on the radio that an officer was down?" Justice Department attorney Bobbi Bernstein asked. "No," Dupree responded. Prosecutors say officers on the Danziger Bridge shot unarmed people who never posed a threat, but defense attorneys have claimed the officers only opened fire after they were shot at, possibly by people who weren't shot or apprehended. On the morning of Sept. 4, 2005, less than a week after Katrina's landfall, Dupree and other officers were driving east on the Interstate 10 high-rise bridge over the Industrial Canal when they saw a caravan of vehicles parked on the highway. A man wearing a St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office shirt flagged the officers down. "Get down! They're shooting at us!" the man yelled, according to Dupree. Dupree said she heard several shots, got out of her vehicle, looked over the side of the bridge and saw four men, two of whom had guns. She said she ducked and heard a few more shots before her supervisor told her to call for help. After making the radio call, Dupree said she saw the two men with guns — one wearing a red T-shirt and another wearing a black shirt and black backpack — running toward the Danizger Bridge. She said she didn't fire at them because they were too far away and had their backs turned to her. "They weren't a threat to me," she said. From atop the high-rise bridge, she saw a rental truck pull up on the east side of the Danziger Bridge and heard a barrage of gunfire. She didn't immediately realize the men getting out of the rental truck were officers responding to her call. Prosecutors showed jurors excerpts of a grainy NBC news video shot by a cameraman from the high-rise bridge, showing Dupree running on the bridge as gunfire erupts on the other. At some point, another officer on the radio told her to "shut up" because "we have them." Dupree recalled. Prosecutors say former officer Robert Faulcon fatally shot 40-year-old Ronald Madison, a mentally disabled man, in the back on the west side of the bridge as he and his brother ran away from the gunfire on the east side of the bridge, where 17-year-old James Brissette had been shot and killed by police. Faulcon, Sgts. Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius and Officer Anthony Villavaso are charged in the shootings. Retired Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, who was assigned to investigate the shootings, is charged in the alleged cover-up. Police allegedly plotted to plant a gun, fabricate witnesses and falsify reports to make the shootings appear justified. Five former officers, including retired Lt. Michael Lohman, who was the ranking officer at the scene, have pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up. Katrina's Hidden Race War: In Aftermath of Katrina, Vigilantes Shot 11 Blacks in New Orelans - Part I
Lohman, who said he personally wrote a false report on the shooting, testified Wednesday that he never pressed the officers involved in the shooting to explain what happened on the bridge because they were intent on clearing everybody of wrongdoing.

Lt. Lohman!

July 1, 2011 When Lt. Michael Lohman (pictured left) arrived at the Danziger Bridge on Sept. 4, 2005, he found six people shot by his officers, but no guns to back up police allegations of a shootout between civilians and police, according to documents associated with his guilty plea filed in federal court. As the federal investigation proceeds -- and brings more charges against police -- Lohman could make a powerful prosecution witness, describing his immediate assessment that the shooting was not defensible. But defense attorneys for the involved New Orleans police officers say they too have a powerful witness: a man described in court documents as an innocent victim. They point to testimony given in a September 2005 court by Lance Madison, in which Madison says civilians were firing weapons on the bridge that morning. Police attorneys say Madison's description of a group of teenagers shooting on the bridge before police arrived bolsters their contention that the seven officers who fired their weapons did so only because somebody else shot first. Although Lohman admits orchestrating a cover-up of what he concluded was a "bad shoot," the police lawyers say Madison's testimony shows a cover-up wasn't necessary. 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. In some ways, Madison is an unusual alibi witness for police. He was arrested that day, accused of shooting at police and booked with attempted murder. His brother, Ronald Madison, was killed. In documents, police said Ronald Madison -- who was 40 and mentally disabled -- was also a shooter. The day of the incident, police took Lance Madison, then 49, to the temporary booking facility at the Greyhound bus station. He was eventually sent off to Hunt Correctional Center, where people arrested in New Orleans were held after the storm. It was at a preliminary hearing at Hunt several weeks after his arrest that Madison testified that other civilians were shooting. Madison's attorney, Mary Howell, declined to comment on his testimony. Federal investigators assert the Madisons were innocent and framed by the NOPD, describing a cover-up involving not just Lohman, but also the lead investigator into the shooting, Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, and other officers. Other officers have denied participating in a cover-up, with their attorneys saying that if Lohman broke any laws, he acted alone. Although Lance Madison's testimony backs up the police assertion that civilians were firing guns, the physical evidence collected by the officers who arrived at the scene does not, according to the NOPD's own internal investigation by Kaufman. No bullet casings or other physical evidence that could be tied to civilian weapons was found at the scene. During his testimony, Former New Orleans Police Lt. Michael Lohman expounded [...] on his description of how police whitewashed the Danziger Bridge shooting, saying officers didn't necessarily call it a cover-up, and didn't have to. "It was never talked about as a cover-up," Lohman testified in federal court. He said he and colleagues treated it is a "legitimate case," though the motive was clear in the immediate wake of the police shooting. Lohman said he and others knew it could be wise to collect evidence such as bullet casings fired from officers' weapons. But they didn't. Katrina's Hidden Race War: In Aftermath of Katrina, Vigilantes Shot 11 Blacks in New Orelans - Part II
Why? "It was all part of the cover-up," he said. Lohman, testifying in the federal civil rights case for the second day, reiterated much of his earlier testimony. He noted that none of the seven officers involved in the Sept. 4, 2005, shooting ever told him the shooting was a mistake. "They claimed they were being fired upon," Lohman said under questioning from a federal prosecutor. Lohman said he spoke with officers and expected his subordinate, Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, to have more detailed conversations with the shooters "to make sure there were no problems ... that everyone was in agreement with what happened." Lohman retired from the NOPD early last year and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice in this case. He faces a maximum sentence of five years and is hoping his cooperation will result in a judge's consideration of leniency come sentencing. Lohman's testimony wrapped mid-morning and NOPD Detective Patrick Conaghan took the witness stand. Conaghan was part of a group of officers traveling that morning on the Interstate 10 high-rise bridge, which runs parallel to the Danziger Bridge. They were flagged down by a man who appeared to be a St. Landry Parish Sheriff's deputy and told that there was gunfire coming up from under interstate high-rise bridge, Conaghan recalled. The officers scrambled to investigate the source, Conaghan said, and another officer yelled out that suspects were heading towards "the bridge." Conaghan said he ran towards Danziger. "At some point, I heard a burst of gunfire...I kept going that way." Conaghan testified that he was unsure where the gunfire came from. He never saw anyone underneath the high-rise bridge. The man who helped flag down officers, Marion David Ryder, has pleaded guilty to lying and misrepresenting himself as a St. Landry Parish deputy. In fact, he was a felon. Conaghan's colleague, Jennifer Dupree, began to testify late Wednesday morning, but courtroom proceedings adjourned for lunch shortly later. Dupree was on the high-rise bridge with Conaghan and other officers. She initially placed the police distress call that mentioned gunshots and officers and people "down under" the bridge. This prompted a group of officers to race to the Danziger Bridge.

An Elaborate Cover-Up!

June 30, 2011 Witness testimony began Monday in a trial that has already shocked and polarized the City of New Orleans and brought urgent calls for reform of the city's entire criminal-justice system. In an incident on Sept. 4, 2005, days after the storm, police officers are accused of raining a hail of bullets on two African-American families as they were fleeing Katrina's floodwaters. Ronald Madison, a mentally challenged man, was shot at least six times, while James Brissette, a high school student, was shot seven times. Both died at the scene. Four others were wounded, including a woman whose arm was shot off and a young man who needed a colostomy bag after the shootings. 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 (Do you Notice how the White Officers shake Sgt. Gisevius' hand and pat him on the back for killing African-Americans?)) The officers on trial are accused of engaging in an elaborate effort to cover up what happened by arresting innocent civilians, falsifying reports, conspiring in secret meetings, inventing witnesses and planting evidence. Three officers who were involved in the shooting and two officers who aided in the conspiracy have pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others. The trial is expected to last eight weeks. The officers involved in the shooting -- Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso and Robert Faulcon -- could receive life sentences if convicted. Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, who was not on the bridge, is charged only in the cover-up and could receive a maximum of 120 years. Sgt. Gerard Dugue, who is also implicated in the cover-up, will be tried separately, in September. He faces 70 years. Defense attorneys for the accused officers have said that the officers were shot at before they began firing. They have also pointed to the chaos and confusion of post-Katrina New Orleans as a contributing factor. New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) spokespeople and officials in the Police Association of New Orleans have distanced themselves from the accused officers while refusing to comment in depth. "We have faith in our legal system," NOPD spokeswoman Remi Braden said, "and are confident that those who are found guilty of committing crimes will be sanctioned accordingly." The shootings on Danziger Bridge are the most notorious of at least nine separate incidents -- most of which occurred in the days just after Katrina -- being examined by federal agents. "This trial is going to show the country and the world that we have a serious problem with our police department," said Eddie Jordan, the city's former district attorney. "This department is engaged in horrendous acts against its citizens." For years, activists say, every check and balance in the city's criminal-justice system failed. They complain of judges who are too close to prosecutors; a city coroner who sides with the police version of events; and an entire system that seems focused on locking up people for misdemeanors instead of stopping violent crime. Saturday, Jun 25, 2011 - 4:54 pm PT NEW ORLEANS (WCJB) — Twelve jurors and four alternates were picked Thursday to hear the case against five current or former police officers charged in the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath. Opening statements for the federal trial — the centerpiece of a sprawling Justice Department probe of alleged police misconduct in New Orleans — were scheduled to start Monday. The jury of seven men and five women was selected from a pool of roughly 70 people after two days of questioning, mostly behind closed doors. Five former officers already have pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up involving the fatal shootings of two people and wounding of four others on the Danziger Bridge after the 2005 storm's landfall.
Four other officers were indicted last year on charges stemming from the shootings, while two police investigators were charged in the alleged cover-up. One officer is accused of fatally shooting a mentally disabled man, 40-year-old Ronald Madison, in the back on the west side of the bridge before a sergeant stomped on him. Prosecutors say the same sergeant, armed with an assault rifle, fired on wounded and unarmed people lying on the ground. Seventeen-year-old James Brissette was shot and killed on the east side of the bridge. All of the officers on trial are accused of participating in a cover-up that allegedly included a plot to plant a gun, fabricate witnesses and falsify reports. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt questioned the jury pool about their Katrina experiences and their knowledge of the case. Nearly everybody in the courtroom raised a hand when the judge asked if they had heard about the case. Six prospective jurors raised hands when asked if they had formed an opinion on the officers' guilt or innocence. Only one of the 12 jurors is a New Orleans resident, but five live in neighboring Jefferson Parish, which also suffered a devastating blow from Katrina. The Eastern District of Louisiana is based in New Orleans but is comprised of 13 parishes. A prosecutor said the first witness to testify for the government after opening statements is expected to be Susan Bartholomew, who was wounded by police on the east side of the bridge.
Sgts. Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius, officer Anthony Villavaso and former officer Robert Faulcon were indicted last year on charges stemming from the shootings. Two police investigators — retired Sgts. Arthur Kaufman and Gerard Dugue — were charged in the alleged cover-up. Dugue will be tried separately. The officers have claimed they opened fire only after being shot at. They point to testimony less than a month after the shootings by Ronald Madison's brother, Lance Madison, who said a group of teenagers fired at him and his brother before they encountered police. A total of 20 current or former New Orleans police officers were charged last year as a result of probes by the Justice Department's civil rights division. In December, a jury convicted three former officers in the death of a man shot by one officer in Katrina's aftermath before another burned his body.

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