Seven New Orleans police officers have been indicted on several charges including first degree murder and attempted first degree murder. On the
Danziger bridge in New Orleans, two individuals were murdered while four were wounded.
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) -- A deadly gunfight on a bridge in the anarchy-filled days following Hurricane Katrina became a symbol of the city's
loss of control. Now, more than a year later, seven police officers face charges in the shootings.
A grand jury indicted the officers on murder or attempted murder charges Thursday in the September 4, 2005, deaths of two men and wounding of four
other people on the Danziger Bridge.
One of the victims was a mentally retarded man, Ronald Madison, who had been shot seven times -- five times in the back, according to the coroner.
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There are certain details of this event that are sticking out and causing me serious grief.
■ Ronald Madison, had been shot seven times -- five times in the back, according to the coroner
■ Officers say they opened fire after a civilian reached for a gun; no weapon found
Madison, who is mentally handicap, was shot seven times. Five of which were placed in his back. A man who did not possess any sort of weapon.
Reports from separate New Orleans police officers defend certain post-Katrina behaviours due to a backlash from looters, victims, etc. I can
sympathize with the task the police had, it was a task that most of us can not even begin to comprehend. But when a coroner removes five bullets from
a man's back, any defense is thrown out the window.
Initial police reports had read that the reporting officers had taken fire from the seven individuals who were running. They returned fire, which
lead to the deaths of James Brissette (19) and Ronald Madison (40).