Hurricane Katrina

Mayor: $13.3M police shooting settlements end hard part of New Orleans' past

Mayor: $13.3M police shooting settlements end hard part of New Orleans' past

New Orleans' mayor said a dark chapter in the city's history has closed with settlements totaling $13.3 million for relatives of four men killed by police around the time of Hurricane Katrina.

"We are here to proclaim from the highest mountaintop that the City of New Orleans ... can transform itself from a city of violence into a city of peace," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at a Monday news conference after a private prayer service with victims' relatives and local officials.

He called the prayer service a way for the city to say publicly "how intensely sorry I am" that "these individuals were looking for people to protect and serve, and they got the...

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