These guys should have all be convicted, manslaughter is not enough knowing the heinous crimes these dudes were involved in when they should have been heroes to the people of New Orleans. I say we skip jail and give these dudes the firing squad.
Former officer David Warren was convicted of manslaughter for shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover on September 2, 2005, the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper reported on its website.
At the time of the shooting, Warren, then a rookie officer, was guarding a detective bureau office in a strip shopping center.
We send out our thoughts and prays to everyone who is still standing from the tragedy that happen in New Orleans 5 years ago. I was actually there last summer and was able to witness first hand what they went through. These people still need help so let’s keep the pressure up on the government to finish the job.
A symbolic burial service in honor of the unclaimed bodies left behind by Hurricane Katrina. The solemn ceremonies mark the third anniversary of the killer storm. (Aug. 29)
Very tragic story but finally these officers are being charged for killing innocent victims of Katrina. Off with these scums’ head.
“NEW ORLEANS – As a former NOPD officer pleaded guilty to federal charges in connection with the post-Katrina shooting that left two civilians dead and four others wounded on the Danziger Bridge in court Wednesday, details came out accusing fellow officers of shooting unarmed victims and kicking them as they lay wounded on the ground.” – 4 News
This story is such a shocker. After going thru a terrible deadly hurricane and looking for food for survival, that these men would be shot and killed by police. Unbelievable.
via Huff Post
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.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said the investigation is continuing and would not say whether higher-ranking officials of the police department might be involved.
Lohman’s plea brought at least some closure to families of victims in the best-known of several violent incidents that raised questions about police conduct immediately after Katrina. The shootings happened on Sept. 4, 2005, six days after the storm smashed levees and flooded 80 percent of the city.
Survivors have said the officers fired at unarmed people who were crossing to get food at a grocery store. The officers claimed they opened fire only after being shot at. Ronald Madison, 40 and mentally disabled, and James Brissette, 19, were killed and four others were wounded.
“We are very, very happy about the progress that the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department have made,” said Romell Madison, Ronald’s brother. “The people of New Orleans should be relieved that there is still justice for everybody here.”
New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who traveled on Friday to Shanghai, China on an economic development trip, was placed in quarantine Sunday after Chinese officials found another passenger on his flight to have signs of the swine flu.
That passenger was undergoing quarantine and treatment. As a precaution, the mayor, his wife and another member of the Mayor’s Executive Protection Unit were also placed in a designated quarantine location in Shanghai, according to the mayor’s communications director.
He and his wife were displaying no symptoms of being ill, said Communications Director Ceeon D. Quiett.
Nagin was scheduled to travel to Sydney, Australia, where he is planning to deliver a keynote address and lead a panel discussion on climate change at the 2009 National Summit of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Quiett said the mayor may need to alter his travel schedule.
[video] Lil Wayne & Robin Thicke Perform “Tie My Hand” At The 51st Annual Grammy Awards (Dedicated To Hurricane Katrino / New Orleans) [HD Quality]
Proppers to Lil Weezy for repping for his hometown New Orleans. This was a moving tribute to a forgotten American tragedy. Wayne did the unexpected with this one and merged the Marti Gras flavor in it as well. Even Robin Thicke got it all the way in, he was groovin’ wasn’t he? Still think he got jerked on the Album of the Year but hey, that’s life for ya!
REMEMBER MS. KATIE, I’M A GANGSTA!!
Micheal Steele has a monumental task on his hands, alot of house cleaning to do
TAMPA — Florida Republican chairman Jim Greer said Wednesday that longtime Hillsborough state committeewoman Carol Carter may lose her position because of the racial joke she forwarded in an e-mail.
“Carol Carter has been a hard-working, loyal Republican for many years, but this action I have no tolerance for, regardless of the circumstances or intent,” a furious Greer said of Carter’s e-mail.
Concerning her future, Greer said, “I am currently considering all options, including my authority to remove her from the office of state committeewoman.”
The e-mail read:
From: Carol Carter
Friday, January 30, 9:30 AM
Subject: FW: Amazing!
How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?
Later she sent out a second e-mail that read:
From: Carol Carter
January 30, 5:54 PM
Subject: Earlier e-mail
I have been asked to send this apology for my earlier e-mail. I am sorry that it was received in a negative manner. I do hope that we are going to be allowed to keep our sense of humor. Read more…
I’ve said from day one this this dude is a natural born comedian, but please don’t pity the fool! Its either an unrivaled swag factor or pure ignorance that allows Dubya to arrogantly get up there and defiantly thumb his nose at his critics. As his reign of terror winds down (yeah right!) he is starting to let up, open up and give reporters some insite into just how cleverly devious he can be. As he exits office without reprimand, he seems confident knowing that there will be no future prosecution of his “war crimes.” This joker had the nerve to say he handled Katrina with dignity, instead of apologizing to those people who were left to die in the N-O. This cowboy seems to be determined going out shooting, I just hope someone has enough balls to bust back.
via Shreveport News
Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear that any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the 26,000 clergy has been enlisted to help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us!!!
Charleton Heston’s now-famous speech before the National Rifle Association at a convention back in 2000 will forever be remembered as a stirring moment for all 2nd Amendment advocates. At the end of his remarks, Heston held up his antique rifle and told the crowd in his Moses-like voice, “over my cold, dead hands.”
While Heston, then serving as the NRA President, made those remarks in response to calls for more gun control laws at the time, those words live on. Heston’s declaration captured a truly American value: An over-arching desire to protect our freedoms to possess firearms
But gun confiscation is exactly what happened during the state of emergency following Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, along with forced relocation. U.S. Troops also arrived, something far easier to do now, thanks to last year’s elimination of the 1878 Posse Comitatus act, which had formally forbade regular U.S. Army troops from policing on American soil. Read more…
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A long way from Iraq and the war debate in Washington, Herman Moore sat outside a tent in a downtown New Orleans homeless camp, trying to make sense of a proposal that helps Iraqi war refugees but will likely exclude Hurricane Katrina victims.
“Messed up is not the phrase. I think you know the phrase,” Moore said. “This place has been forgotten, just forgotten.”
The 56-year-old lifelong city resident is referring to Congress’ plan to spend $212 billion to finance the war in Iraq. In the massive spending bill, $350 million is set aside to help Iraqi refugees while just $73 million has been allotted to help shelter physically and mentally disabled Katrina victims – and that money could be cut as early as Tuesday.