US Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Tom Perez
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Katrina shootings 'overshadowed heroism', says official

Five former New Orleans police officers who shot six unarmed civilians, two fatally, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina have been jailed.

Robert Faulcon, 48, received the longest sentence of 65 years over the shootings on the Danziger Bridge in September 2005; Kenneth Bowen, 38, and Robert Gisevius, 39, received 40 years each; and Anthony Villavaso, 35, was sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Four of the officers were found guilty of firearms offences and the fifth was jailed for helping the cover-up.

The officers planted a gun and fabricated witnesses and false reports to make the shootings appear justified.

The US Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, Tom Perez, said their actions had cast a shadow over the heroism of others during the disaster.

  • 05 Apr 2012
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