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Five New Orleans Officers Sentenced In Danziger Bridge Shooting

April 04, 2012  | 

Four New Orleans Police officers received long prison sentences today for the Danzinger Bridge shooting, and their supervisor who helped cover up the crime received a six-year term.

A federal jury had convicted the officers in August of fatally shooting two civilians and seriously wounding four others on Sept. 4, 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. The shooting was covered up for almost five years.

U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Englehardt sentenced Sgt. Kenneth Bowen to 40 years; Sgt. Robert Gisevius to 40 years; Officer Robert Faulcon to 65 years; and Officer Anthony Villavaso to 38 years.

Sgt. Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was a supervisor who was not involved in the shooting and helped the other officers cover up what they had done.

"We hope that today’s sentences give a measure of peace and closure to the victims of this terrible shooting, who have suffered unspeakable pain and who have waited so patiently for justice to be done," said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the DOJ's civil rights division. "The officers who shot innocent people on the bridge and then went to great lengths to cover up their own crimes have finally been held accountable for their actions."

Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso were convicted in connection with the shootings of multiple victims, including 17-year-old James Brissette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison, who died on the bridge. The officers were also convicted of obstructing justice during subsequent investigations.

Five other officers pleaded guilty before trial and cooperated with the federal investigation. Those officers testified at trial about the unjustified shooting on the bridge and about the police cover-up that followed.

The five former NOPD officers who pleaded guilty before trial have already received their sentences. They include Mike Hunter (8 years), Ignatius Hills (6 1/2 years), Robert Barrios (5 years), Michael Lohman (4 years); and Jeffrey Lehrmann (3 years).


Jury Convicts Five NOPD Officers In Post-Katrina Shootings, Cover-Up

Comments (7)

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mike @ 4/5/2012 4:11 AM

this is unbelieveable.... these 'officers' have disgraced all of us who ever put on a badge.

Frank @ 4/5/2012 4:46 AM

Was or still is one of the most corrupt PD's in the United States. We wonder why the public hates us. No room for people like this in law enforcement.

Capt David- Ret LA County @ 4/5/2012 9:33 AM

I thought had some stuff. I will wait for the book on this one..

Mark - Michigan State Pol @ 4/5/2012 11:25 AM

It is truly a sad day for everyone in the law enforcement community. I am glad, however, that the public is able to see that no one is above the law; except congress and the president, of course.

Richard Jellicoe @ 4/5/2012 3:33 PM

I am not sure all of the public hates police. I have encountered many officers that have been just fine. I have encountered some that for no reason go right into controlling asshole mode for no reason. And those are the ones that taint the public view, and the shootings don't help. The public sees what they perceive as officer safety sometimes as a threat to the public. If the public is giving you respect, then don't be an ass. If they public is not cooperating with you do what you must without using more authority then is needed. Just because you have authority don't always take it to the max. In many cases the public is afraid and have no idea why you are doing what you are doing. Use the respect you use to talk to other officers and most will return it.

Random @ 4/6/2012 7:51 AM

They were hard times. Some handled it well. Some did not. We can learn from both.

Cheryl @ 4/6/2012 9:19 AM

Criminal Justice without Justice is just Criminal..........

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