Officers Moore and Williams: Police Misconduct Case

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 in NOPD

A case that begun in 2005, one month before Hurricane Katrina, two officers get their sentencing today by U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon.New Orleans police officers Melvin Williams, left, and Matthew Dean Moore were convicted of charges stemming from the fatal beating of 48-year-old Raymond Robair. Williams and Moore will be sentenced today.

July 30, 2005, the officers, for reasons that are still unclear, converged on Robair in the 1500 block of Dumaine Street. Witnesses saw Williams administer a fatal kick along with many baton strikes. The police officers dropped Robair off at Charity Hospital and claimed to have found on the ground, under a bridge with an overdose. However, Pathologists investigated his body and found that his ribs were fractured and his spleen lacerated.

In April, 2011 the jury heard testimony from witnesses of the beating, hospital staffers, and scientific experts. The officers testified they never hit, kicked, or punched Robair, and that they never attempted to cover anything up.

Williams is facing a life sentence in prison and Moore could get up to 25 years in prison.

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