posted on Apr, 4 2012 @ 07:02 PM
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced Wednesday to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for their
roles in deadly shootings of unarmed residents in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina, with the judge lashing out at prosecutors for two hours on
their handling of the case.
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It has been over six and a half years after these shootings took place less than a week after Katrina hit New Orleans and the Gulf States. Six years
since two people were gunned down in what turned out to be a cold blooded killing of two unarmed civilians. In the panic that was Hurricane Katrina
and the aftermath that came after the storm had left. Nobody expected that the police would turn against the public that they swore to defend and that
these officers would take the law into their own hands. I would say that during this tense situation these cops became so blinded by rage and fear
that they just snapped. However, these cops knew what they were doing and how they were going to commit the act. It just so happened that they found
the right opportunity to take the law into their own hands. Not too mention the ability to cover it up real quick.
What is even more appalling about these killings was how old these victims were. One of the victims was forty year old mentally handicapped male. That
man's brother was framed by the police because the police tried to cover the incident up. The victim's brother spent time in jail because he was
arrested by police and charged with attempted murder when the officers falsified that the victims shot at the police first. Yet two people were killed
all because the police opened fire first. The other victim, a seventeen year old, was again a bystander when this went down. Poor kid probably had
nothing to do with the incident and was just waiting on a way out of the city. Yet he had to die all because a few cops went on a power rage.
I know that most of you are going to say that the reason why this was covered up was to save the rear ends of the officers involved. That was most
certainly the case when it came down to this case and the coverup that ensued from the shootings. Everything from falsifying the police reports on as
to how the incident occurred to planting evidence suggesting that the victims were the ones who provoked the shootings to take place. Just to give you
guys an idea, the New Orleans Police Department was and probably still is one of the most corrupt police departments in the country. This is most
certainly the case when police officers are involved in a murder. The lead investigator for the police department will try and do almost everything in
their power to keep an officer from getting in trouble. When this happens,
Did they do something to provoke the police into opening fire and kill two people in broad daylight in a flood ravaged city? We may never know what
happened and how it went down because the two main victims that this case pertains to are dead. Did someone in the police department or another
witness come forward with information pertaining to the shootings and the coverup that followed? I honestly don't think that we will ever know who
came forward or not. If they were to come forward and say who they were and what they knew would be dangerous. That alone has to be the main reason as
to why no one has came forward as to who they are.