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The death penalty has been ruled out as an option for four former New Orleans police officers charged with unlawfully killing victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Prosecutors disclosed the decision on Friday to not seek the death penalty for the officers charged with killing unarmed civilians on the city’s Danzinger Bridge.

As previously reported, former officer Michael Lohman admitted that he and his fellow officers launched a grand scheme to cover up the killing of unarmed civilians on the Danziger Bridge six days after the hurricane.

The shooting left four people injured and Lance Madison and his 40-year-old mentally disabled brother, Ronald, dead

Prosecutors have not said why capital punishment was ruled out as an option.