Three current and two former New Orleans police officers were federally indicted Friday in connection with the shooting death of a Katrina victim that was found fatally shot and burned in a car that was reportedly set on fire to hide his remains.
On September 2, 2005, four days into the massive flooding that swamped the city, 31-year-old Henry Glover was killed reportedly by Officer David Warren with an assault rifle.
According to the indictment, Glover was shot and found bleeding to death by William Tanner, a Good Samaritan who drove him to an elementary school that was being used as temporary police headquarters.
Tanner says however that when he arrived he was beaten by police officers and his car was seized with the dying man in the back seat.
Weeks later he says he found his car burned and charred with Glovers’ remains still inside on a levee behind a police station.
Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Officer Gregory McRae have been charged with kicking and hitting Tanner before taking the vehicle and burning it and Glover’s body. They both face a maximum of 60 years in prison.
Lt. Robert Italiano and Lt. Travis McCabe are charged with obstruction of justice for falsifying police reports in connection the case. Italiano faces 25 years in jail while McCabe faces 30.
David Warren, who is charged with unlawful use of a firearm and violating Glover’s rights by shooting him to death, faces a possible life sentence and $250,000 fine.
He is currently being held in federal custody and is expected not to be released before his trial.
William Tanner’s Car
There are currently eight investigations pending against NOPD in connection with Hurricane Katrina.
As previously reported, police officials are accused of killing two unarmed civilians and wounding four on the city’s Danzinger Bridge.