More Louisiana Police Go to Trial for Katrina-Related Shootings

Five officers are headed to court for the death of unarmed residents on a bridge following the storm.

Posted: 06/22/2011 05:29 PM EDT

From left: Robert Faulcon Jr., Robert Gisevius Jr. and Kenneth Bowen. (Photo: AP Photos, File)

Jury selection began in the trial of five former New Orleans police officers who are charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed people on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

 

In separate incidents, 19-year-old James Brissette and a 40-year-old Ronald Madison were shot to death when the officers open fired. Four others were wounded.

 

Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius Jr., Robert Faulcon Jr., Anthony Villavaso and Arthur Kaufman all face counts related to the incident including conspiracy, weapons charges and obstruction of justice charges.

 

In March, two different New Orleans officers were charged for incidents following Katrina in which two other people were killed. Former officer David Warren was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover to death and ex-officer Gregory McRae was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison for burning Glover’s body to cover up the murder.

 

Warren shot an unarmed Glover in the back when he was at a strip mall to retrieve some baby clothing. The officer said he thought Glover had a gun.

 

In the current case there are about 170 witnesses, including two former police chiefs.

 

The trial for the five officers could last up to eight weeks, or more.

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