New Orleans Cops Charged for Post-Katrina Civilian Shootings

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Holder, who announced the indictments. Photo: Getty Images

Six police officers were charged by U.S. prosecutors Tuesday in connection with shootings that took place on a New Orleans bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Two were killed and four were wounded in the September 4, 2005 incident. The officers had initially posited their firings were justified because they had been shot at first, but federal prosecutors rejected the claim. The case — in what the Journal calls “perhaps the most vivid and painful example of the confusion and lawlessness that pervaded the city after the storm” — stirred up racial tensions, as the officers were mostly white and most of the victims on the bridge were black. Attorney General Eric Holder, in New Orleans for today’s announcement, said that tying up the unresolved case was one of the first things he prioritized when taking over his post. "We will not tolerate wrongdoing by those who have sworn to protect the public," he added.

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