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FBI Opens Two Investigations Into Conduct of New Orleans Police After Katrina

March 04, 2010  | 

The FBI announced Thursday morning that it has opened two new civil rights investigations into the post-Katrina actions of New Orleans police officers, adding to a growing list of inquiries.

The number of active federal civil rights probes into the New Orleans Police Department is now at least seven confirmed cases.

Sheila Thorne, spokeswoman for the FBI's field office in New Orleans, said Thursday that federal agents are now examining the fatal shooting of Danny Brumfield Sr. and the non-fatal shooting of Keenon McCann.

Thorne said these cases are two of "a number of highly publicized, potential civil rights matters" of interest to the FBI.

The circumstances of both shootings, as well as the ensuing cursory NOPD investigations, were first detailed in a series published in The Times-Picayune in December, in partnership with the nonprofit investigative newsroom ProPublica and PBS' "Frontline."

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