An ex-lieutenant in New Orleans pleaded guilty to what many suspected; that police shot and killed unarmed civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and tried to cover it up.
As previously reported an investigation was pending into the shooting of six people on the city’s Danziger Bridge six days after the massive hurricane hit.
Six people were hit; two fatally while walking to a grocery store.
The shooting killed a 40-year-old mentally disabled man, Ronald Madison, and 19-year-old James Brissette. The other four people were wounded.
For years the police claimed to shoot after only being shot at.
No weapons were found on the scene.
Ex-officer Michael Lohman, a 21-year veteran of the force, entered a guilty plea of conspiracy to obstruct justice Wednesday.
He says that he and six other officers launched a grand scheme to cover up the killing of the unarmed civilians including fabricating witness statements, planting guns and falsifying reports.
He faces five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Charges are still pending for the other officers involved.