Former Police Officer Involved in Danziger Bridge Shooting Convicted

Posted on Dec 2, 2011 in Courts, Katrina, Local Issues, NOPD

Robert Barrios, a former New Orleans police officer who was involved in the Danziger Bridge shooting in Katrina’s aftermath, was sentenced to five years in federal prison Thursday. On September 4th, 2005, Mr. Barrios arrived at the Danziger Bridge with other police officers and shot at six unarmed civilians, two of which were killed. Barrios and the other officers claimed, falsely, that one of the men on the bridge shot at them, which provoked their actions.

According to FBI records and documents procured during the trial, Mr. Barrios had a shotgun with him on the bridge but never actually fired the weapon. Nevertheless, he was the last of the five officers involved to cooperate with the FBI in their investigation. Barrios’ actions, or lack thereof, in assisting the investigation and trying to conceal evidence incurred the ire of U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon, who imposed the maximum sentence of five years for conspiracy to obstruct justice.

In a brief statement after he was convicted, Barrios said “I hope the families find it in their hearts to forgive the role I played in this.”

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