Another former member of the New Orleans police department is admitting to an elaborate cover-up scheme by the NOPD after they shot and killed unarmed civilians during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
As previously reported former officer Michael Lohman admitted that he and six other officers launched a grand scheme to cover up the killing of unarmed civilians on the city’s Danziger Bridge six days after the hurricane.
Now ex-officer Michael Hunter is corroborating that story.
Hunter testified in court Wednesday that one of the officers opened fire on the unarmed civilians with an assault rifle while others fired their weapons at the people who took cover behind a barrier on the bridge.
The shooting left four people injured and Lance Madison and his 40-year-old mentally disabled brother Ronald, dead.
Hunter gave an eye witness account of this blatant obstruction of justice saying,
“(The sergeant) suddenly leaned over the concrete barrier, held out his assault rifle, and, in a sweeping motion, fired repeatedly at the civilians lying wounded on the ground. The civilians were not trying to escape and were not doing anything that could be perceived as a threat.”
He also adds that when the sergeant saw Ronald Madison dying, he ran over and began to kick and stomp him.
“As Ronald Madison lay dying on the pavement, (the sergeant) ran down the bridge toward Ronald and asked an officer if Ronald was ‘one of them.’ When the officer replied in the affirmative, (the sergeant) began kicking or stomping Ronald Madison repeatedly with his foot.”
The officers are charged with fabricating witness statements, planting guns and falsifying reports.
Hunter faces a maximum of eight years in jail after pleading guilty to one count of conspiring to obstruct justice and one count of misprision of a felony.
SMH….eight years for covering up the murder of people in cold blood?