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Sentences Drastically Reduced for Ex-Cops Found Guilty in Katrina Bridge

 
Nearly 11 years after they gunned down unarmed civilians on a bridge in eastern New Orleans less than a week after Hurricane Katrina, five former cops awaiting new trials in the shooting that left two civilians dead and four others wounded accepted plea deals and had their sentences drastically reduced.

Coming five years after a grueling trial that grabbed international headlines, last week’s plea deal is the latest turn in a case that included an NOPD cover-up. a breakdown in the so-called “Blue Wall” of silence and an online posting scandal that prompted a federal judge to overturn the five officers’ convictions.

The Danziger Bridge case was one of several high-profile, post-Katrina fatal shootings involving NOPD officers that ultimately led to a scathing U.S. Department of Justice report on the department and a federally mandated consent decree aimed at overhauling a police department the DOJ described as “corrupt” and “abusive.”

The plea deal significantly reduced the former cops’ sentences, in some cases, taking off decades behind bars for Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius, Arthur Kaufman and Anthony Villavaso. U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Engelhardt accepted the plea deals in federal court Wednesday.

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