New Orleans Police Brass Appear Before Fed Grand Jury Probing Deadly Civil Rights Violations

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By Allan Lengel

A major probe by the FBI and Justice Department into the New Orleans Police department’s behavior in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is continuing to show signs of life.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Police Superintendent Warren Riley, his predecessor Eddie Compass and other top police brass testified Friday before a federal grand jury on the fourth floor of the federal courthouse.

Authorities are investigating allegations of civil rights violations that included deadly acts.

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