New Orleans federal jury in a verdict convicted five current and former police officers on Friday of federal civil rights charges related to deadly shootings for post Hurricane Katrina.
A group of police officers on Sept. 4, 2005, after responding to a phone call about fellow officers had come under fire; in a Budget rental truck rode to the Danziger Bridge and shot at the people walking on it.
Two people, a 40-year-old man and 17-year-old boy were killed and other four were injured in the shooting.
Jurors deliberated for three days to reach verdicts in connection with the Danziger Bridge shooting case, in which police lied after firing on a group that was crossing the bridge out of town, they said that they had been fired upon and planting a gun on one of the victims, the Washington Post reported.
The other five NOPD officers were asked for testimony during the six-week trial. The officers already pleaded guilty to the charges of obstruct justice and covering up the incident.
Federal prosecutors alleged that four of the defendants - sergeants Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius, and officers Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso opened fire on a family that was crossing the bridge out of town in search of food and supplies.
According to a Justice Department summary, minutes later police shot at two brothers, Lance and Ronald Madison.
Officer Faulcon shot Ronald, who was mentally disabled, in the back as he ran away and Bowen stomp and kicked Ronald before he died, according to the summary.
Later officers arrested Lance on the scene and charged him with eight counts of attempted murder of police officers.
Prosecutors also alleged the fifth officer, Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, a homicide investigator, who joined the other four officers in covering up the incident, making fake witnesses, holding a meeting with the suspects to help them get their stories straight, and saying that a gun from his house was evidence found at the scene, San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The four officers on Friday were convicted of federal civil rights violations and charges related to the cover-up the incident.