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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-08-08 09:47 AM
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121. The Danziger Bridge Massacre
Edited on Tue Jul-08-08 10:07 AM by IanDB1
The Danziger Bridge Killings: How New Orleans Police Gunned Down Civilians Fleeing the Flood

On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we take a look back the Danziger Bridge killings. Seven police officers been indicted for opening fire on two African American families on the Danziger Bridge days after the storm, killing two people and wounding four others. At the time, the official story was that they gunned down snipers. Now the question is why they shot at two families fleeing the flood.

The official story started floating out soon after the hurricane hit that there were snipers on the Danziger Bridge, which connects two neighborhoods flooded by the hurricane, that the police had taken them out and killed some of them. But there were other stories, too: that police had chased down and massacred innocent people fleeing the storm.

Last December seven police officers were indicted for killing two people walking across the bridge. They were from two families, the Bartholomews and the Madisons. James Brisette, a young man who was a friend of the Bartholomews was killed by seven bullets in his back and legs. Susan Bartholomew's arm was partially blown off, her daughter and husband had three gunshot wound


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Davey D - Breakdown FM-Katrina Tribunal-Police Brutality-Massacre on the Danziger bridge .mp3

Questions Upstream and Downstream: Oil, Food, Floods, War, Broken Levees
by Georgianne Nienaber
Headlined on 6/19/08:


Danger in Comparisons

There is a huge danger in trying to compare the human suffering incurred during the epic Mid West floods and what happened after Katrina. The images from Iowa certainly invoke memories of Katrina, and citizens from New Orleans have stepped up to the plate by participating in the Midwest relief efforts.

Videos of law enforcement thugs in Iowa that have cropped up on YOUTUBE bring back painful memories of the Danziger Bridge and Blackwater in the French Quarter. In fact, Louisianas Governor and possible VP on the McCain ticket, Bobby Jindal, recently ordered the National Guard to remain in New Orleans. The police force is sill understaffed and the guard is riding in city police cars.

The New Orleans population has not yet rebounded with a total estimate of 308,000 returnees, down from 454,000, according to a press release issued by consultants at GCR & Associates. Areas most impacted by the floodwaters have shown the lowest rate of repopulation. Will the same happen in the Midwest?

Meanwhile, the question has been raised downstream about the danger the waters pose to Louisiana.


The mainstream press is finally getting the picture that over development upstream, which has forced more runoff and taller levees, is a big part of the problem. You cant blame Mother Nature for this one. The Wall Street Journal had a decent article on the debate today.

The attached video was placed on a popular New Orleans blogspot in sympathy for the Midwest flood victims. Hows Your House, by Ian Hunter accompanies footage of the flood devastation wrought by Katrina. New Orleans understands and remembers.


Case Falters Against Cops in Katrina Shootings
by John Burnett
Morning Edition, April 10, 2007

In December, seven New Orleans police officers were indicted for the allegedly unprovoked shooting of two civilians in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina. The case sparked national outrage, but because of prosecutorial legal missteps, it might never get before a jury.


Frank DeSalvo, a longtime police defense attorney, says, "If any police officer did, in fact, kill anyone, it was all in the line of duty, at a time of extreme stress, when the city was under martial law. These people had guns. They were shooting. There's independent evidence of it; it's not just police testimony."


It's not certain that a judge and jury will get to decide who was guilty and who was innocent on the Danziger Bridge that morning. Legal experts say prosecutors have already made a serious misstep. They offered immunity to three of the officers to testify before the grand jury, then turned around and got indictments against them.

Defense attorneys argued strenuously that immunized testimony cannot be used to incriminate a defendant. Last week, a judge gave the lawyers for the police a tactical victory and let them review the entire grand jury testimony.

Loyola professor Ciolino says that's invaluable for the defense. Prosecution of the Danziger Bridge case has, so far, provided him several "teachable moments."


NOPD's bridge probe full of blanks
Danziger report lacks key proof, witnesses
Sunday, February 18, 2007
By Laura Maggi
Staff writer

An internal probe of the Danziger Bridge incident, in which seven police officers fired on civilians, killing two, in post-Katrina chaos, relied almost solely on accounts by the officers themselves, with scant backing from physical evidence or statements from bystanders.


Though police Superintendent Warren Riley had vowed that the probe would be "thorough," a close examination of the document reveals profound failings, according to an outside law enforcement expert and attorneys for the people shot by police. The officers, who say they fired back only after meeting a barrage of unprovoked gunfire, produced only one handgun from the scene, which the report does not directly connect to anyone suspected of shooting at police.


The holes in the investigation stem from sloppy police work starting on the day of the incident -- Sept. 4, 2005 -- when police who arrived moments after the shooting neglected to undertake basic procedures, such as securing the scene to collect physical evidence and interviewing all available witnesses, Radosti said.

Even the follow-up interviews, conducted over several months, focused almost exclusively on the now-indicted police officers and other NOPD officers who witnessed the events from afar.


While some would blame the initial investigative lapses on the chaos in Katrina's aftermath, the level of investigative vigor did not increase when Sgt. Gerard Dugu, then part of the Major Case Homicide Section, took on the follow-up work on Oct. 14, 2005. Dugu teamed up with the original investigator, Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, who responded shortly after the shooting and was, at the time, a homicide detective in the sprawling 7th District, which patrols eastern New Orleans. The investigation lasted months, with Dugu and others continuing to conduct interviews of New Orleans police officers through May 2006.

At the end of the report, Dugu and Kaufman cleared the officers of any wrongdoing, a ruling based largely on recollections of the police officers on the scene and those viewing it from the Interstate 10 high-rise bridge, more than 1,000 feet away.


And here is what a bunch of freeper assholes are saying...

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Just a reminder that tomorrow night, Thursday, February 1, 2007, 6:00pm - 10:00pm, there will be a fund raiser at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins, New Orleans for the Danziger officers.

There will be live music, with complimentary food and alcohol. Cost is $25.00 per person, with proceeds going exclusively to the Danziger Officers. You can purchase tickets by calling the PANO office at 504-942-2454, even if you can't make to the benefit. And of course, you can always donate to the cause, anytime!! Thanks for your support.

Mike Glasser
PANO President


Join Date: May 2006
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Those are the 7 police officers that shot and killed some thugs after Katrina. Danziger is the bridge the officers were on when doing the shooting. Now all of sudden these thugs are pillars of the community. Its all about money, cher.


Monday, November 28, 2005
Snipers on the Danziger Bridge?

Ronald Madison, (shown with one of his family's dogs), died after being shot on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Officer Robert Faulcon, charged with first-degree murder in Madison's death, says he shot the victim with a shotgun when Madison turned toward the officer and reached into his waistband. Madison's sister says her little brother was mentally challenged and wouldn't have known what to do with a gun. Courtesy Madison Family

Supporters applaud the seven New Orleans police officers after they arrived to turn themselves in at the city jail in New Orleans, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007. Each officer faces at least one charge of murder or attempted murder in the shootings of six people on the Danziger Bridge during Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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