Danziger Bridge Shooting Trial Begins Today

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 in Courts, Local Issues, NOPD

The trial of 5 current and former NOPD officers accused of police misconduct in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina begins in federal court today.

Photo Courtesy of NOLA.com

The Danziger Bridge shooting, as it has become known, resulted in the deaths of 2 individuals and the injury of an additional 4 and the case against the officers represents one of the largest police misconduct cases ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.

At the heart of the case, which has garnered a large amount of national media attention much along the lines of the recently concluded Henry Glover trial, is whether or not the extenuating circumstances of Katrina’s aftermath can be used as a defense for the conduct of the police officers in this situation.

Jury selection which begins today could last a number of days as members of the defense and prosecution teams attempt to screen out candidates who may have a conflict in sitting for the trial.

For a detailed recap of the Danziger Bridge shooting including a diagram of the location, visit NOLA.com.

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