Hurricane Katrina

A decade later, 5 former New Orleans cops plead guilty in Katrina bridge shooting

A decade later, 5 former New Orleans cops plead guilty in Katrina bridge shooting

Five former New Orleans police officers pleaded guilty Wednesday in deadly shootings in the days following Hurricane Katrina, abruptly ending a decade-old case that tainted an already scandal-plagued police force and reawakened memories of the chaos and devastation from the catastrophic 2005 storm.

The case also spotlighted misconduct by federal prosecutors. The men had been convicted by a jury in 2011 but U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt set aside the verdict two years later because federal prosecutors leaked information to the media and made anonymous online comments about the case.

The plea agreement means significantly shorter sentences for the former officers, with...

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