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July 14th, 2010
10:49 AM ET

Indictment for post-Katrina "Danziger bridge killings"

(CNN) - Federal officials announced indictments Tuesday against four police officers and two supervisors in the investigation surrounding the post-Katrina deaths of civilians on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge.

At least three New Orleans police officers were in FBI custody Tuesday afternoon, an attorney for one of them confirmed. Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso and Robert Gisevius surrendered to authorities.

Announcement of the charges stemming from a federal civil rights investigation was made by Attorney General Eric Holder in New Orleans.

"Put simply, we will not tolerate wrongdoing by those who have sworn to protect the public," Holder told reporters. CNN's Drew Griffin spoke with one victim's family, a witness, and the city's police department to try to figure out what really happened that September day on the Danzinger bridge. Read more


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  1. walter kramer

    Here we go algain..Police get call that there is shooting on the bridge..They go to investigate....there they view 5 guys running away from them, etc. they shoot. and certain 'society' tells publicly its murder. Typical frtom this 'society'....Was the police supposed to just watch them run away???????I don't think so....Were the hollerin' people there????? Maybe these unfortunatetes were set up by the call for help from others.
    And maybe the police are acting similiar like Al Sharpton and certainly say they were wrong! Its been already proved that the police were not with wrong reasoning buit doing their job.

    July 15, 2010 at 7:59 am |
  2. jstein

    These officers must know that they will be sentenced to a lengthy term in federal prison. Considering the fact that it is a violent crime, they will likely be designated to a medium facility or high facility. They had better hop on the phone and call John Fuller or Steve Oberfest from Prison Coach quick.

    July 15, 2010 at 3:59 am |