Aug. 16, 2011 at 12:47pmFrontline: Law & Disorder

in New Orleans PD

A federal jury recently found five New Orleans Police Officers guilty of the shootings that killed two civilians and seriously wounded four others in the chaotic, traumatic days after Hurricane Katrina. 

The jury also found the officers guilty of a massive cover-up that went on for almost five years. 

Frontline collaborated with ProPublica and the Times-Picayune of New Orleans to investigate charges that NOPD officers inappropriately used lethal force against New Orleans citizens and then engaged in a cover up.

Civil societal breakdown is how early media reports described what was happening in New Orleans after one of the deadliest hurricanes ever seen in this country. But those reports were highly exaggerated according to investigators who charged that police and local government's  response was another case of government in crisis, and law enforcement out of control. 

From Mayor Nagin to Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco’s response to the disaster, Frontline’s investigation of the events following Katrina has raised new questions about police officer’s response and their command structure in the aftermath of the catastrophe. 

See the program on Frontline's web site:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/law-disorder/

 

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