One of the great checks and balances of local power involves the FBI’s ability to investigate local police departments. Down in Cajun country, the FBI has its hands full.
By Laura Maggi
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — The FBI is looking into at least three cases involving New Orleans police officers, a fact pointed out last week in a Fraternal Order of Police e-mail reminding officers of their right to consult attorneys before they are interviewed by agents.
Two of the cases stem from the days following Hurricane Katrina, including a recently begun FBI probe into possible police involvement in the case of a charred body found inside a burned car on an Algiers levee.
The FBI is looking into whether police committed a civil rights violation against the 31-year-old man whose remains were pulled out of the car in the weeks after the storm.
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