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Ex-New Orleans Cop and Current Cop Get Tough Sentences in Post-Katrina Shooting and Burning of Henry Glover

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex- New Orleans cop David Warren was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 25 years and nine months in prison for the Post-Katrina shooting  of civilian Henry Glover on Sept. 2, 2005, the Justice Department said.

A current officer Greg McRae got 17 years and three months for burning of the body and obstruction of justice.

Warren was found guilty by a federal jury of a civil rights violations  for shooting Glover. McRae was convicted of two civil rights violations, one count of obstructing justice and one count of using fire during the commission of a felony. McRae was charged with burning the Glover’s body inside a car.

Authorities said evidence at trial showed that Warren shot Glover as he approached the second floor of a strip mall which served as a police substation.  The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Glover and a friend “had gone to the mall to retrieve some items looted by friends.”

Glover’s brother and a friend flagged down a passing motorist, William Tanner, who put the wounded Glover in his car and tried to seek medical help, the Justice Department said.

But when the men drove up to a makeshift police station seeking help for Glover, police surrounded the men at gunpoint, handcuffed them and let Glover die in the back seat of the car, the Justice Department said.

Authorities said McRae then drove off with Tanner’s car, with Glover’s body inside, and burned both the body and the car with a traffic flare.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that U.S. District Judge Lance Africk told Warren during sentencing that using deadly force was unnecessary:   “You killed a man … Henry Glover was gunned down because you believed he was a looter.”

The judge also noted that he had gotten correspondence from some people who said Warren’s conviction would make officers question their right to protect themselves during chaotic incidents, the Picayune reported.

“I reject that argument.” Africk said. “You were not forced to respond to Henry Glover with deadly force.”

“Instead of upholding their oath to protect and serve the people of New Orleans in the days after Hurricane Katrina, these officers abused their power, and violated the law and the public trust,” Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, said in a statement. “Today’s sentence brings a measure of justice to the Glover family and to the entire city.”

Fed Jury Convicts 3 New Orleans Cop in Case Involving Murder and Burning of Body


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal jury on Thursday convicted three New Orleans cops in the Post-Katrina fatal shooting of citizen Henry Glover and the burning of his body and the cover up, the Justice Department announced. Two other cops were acquitted.

The jury found former New Orleans cop David Warren was guilty of a civil rights violation, resulting in death, for the Sept. 2, 2005, shooting of civilian Henry Glover, as well as use of a firearm during a crime of manslaughter, the Justice Department said.

The jury heard evidence that Warren shot Glover in the back as Glover was running away from him behind the Algiers strip mall.

During trial, evidence showed that Glover’s brother and a friend flagged down a passing motorist, “Good Samaritan” William Tanner, who put the wounded Glover in his car to try to get medical attention.

But when the group of men drove up to a makeshift police station seeking help for Glover, police officers surrounded them at gunpoint, handcuffed them, and let Henry Glover die in the back seat of the car, the Justice Department said.

Officer Greg McRae drove off with Tanner’s car, with Glover’s body inside, and burned both the body and the car with traffic flare, the Justice Department said.

McRae was convicted on two counts of civil rights violations. Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted of obstructing justice by writing and submitting a false report about the shooting of Henry Glover. He was also convicted of lying to the FBI and committing perjury by lying to a federal grand jury.

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Attys for New Orleans Cops to Meet With Justice to Discuss Death Penalty Issue

new-orleans-map-istockBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorneys for four current and ex-cops charged in the civilian Post-Katrina shootings on the Danziger Bridge will try and dissuade the Justice Department from seeking the death penalty, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

The paper reports that attorneys are scheduled to meet with Justice Department officials Tuesday to discuss the matter.

It’s highly unusual for the feds to seek the death penalty against cops. The paper reports the only former cop on death row right now is a New Orleans officer Len Davis, “who ran a drug-protection racket in the mid-1990s and ordered the murder of a woman who filed a complaint to his superiors.”

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6 More New Orleans Cops Indicted in Post-Katrina Shootings

new orleans police badgeBy Allan Lengel
For AOL News

The Justice Department Tuesday plucked more skeletons from the closet of the New Orleans Police Department, indicting six additional officers in the fatal shooting of two unarmed citizens and the wounding of four others in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The indictment is part of the Justice Department’s ongoing effort to expose police officers who either were involved in the Sept. 4, 2005, Danziger Bridge shootings or took part in covering them up. To date, five New Orleans officers have pleaded guilty to covering up the incident.

“Today’s indictment should serve as compelling evidence of our unswerving and unconditional commitment to … achieve true justice for any victims of the charged killings, shootings and abuse on the Danziger Bridge, and the alleged corrupt cover-up that followed,” U.S. Attorney Jim Letten of New Orleans said in a statement.

The indictment further aims “to restore the trust in the men and women of law enforcement who do serve the people and honor the badge; and to make certain that no one should ever have to fear those whose job it is to protect them,” he said.

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