On Aug. 5, a federal jury found five current and former New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) officers guilty on all 25 counts in the Danziger Bridge shooting trial. The men — Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius, Arthur Kaufman and Anthony Villavaso — were convicted on charges that included falsification of witness statements, fabrication of evidence, making false statements to the FBI, deprivation of civil rights and obstruction of justice. Kaufman remained free on bond; the other men will be held until sentencing Dec. 14.
Prosecutors claimed NOPD officers shot six civilians on the bridge over the Industrial Canal several days after Hurricane Katrina, killing two of them, James Brissette and Ronald Madison. However, the jury did not find Brissette and Madison's shootings constituted murder.
This story was still developing as Gambit went to press. For more, including Clancy DuBos' analysis of the verdicts and Alex Woodward's reports from outside the courtroom after the verdict was read, visit www.blogofneworleans.com.