• http://www.commondreams.org, Common Dreams staff
Five New Orleans police officers were sentenced on Wednesday to between six and 65 years in prison for their roles in the shootings of unarmed residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Kartina in 2005. The 'Danziger Bridge' shootings came to symbolize a culture of lawlessness by the New Orleans Police Department and resulted in the death of two civilians and left four wounded.
Robert Faulcon Jr., who was convicted of shooting the two civilians who died as well as other crimes, received the stiffest sentence, according to Pro Publica, who covered the Danzinger Bridge incident closely and also documented widespread criminal activity by the NOLA police department during and following Katrina.
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