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(DOJ Release) Six New Orleans Police Officers Indicted in Danziger Bridge Case
Dept. Of Justice ^ | 7-13-2010 | Dept. Of Justice

Posted on 07/13/2010 2:25:50 PM PDT by tcrlaf

WASHINGTON –Six officers with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were charged today in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department announced today. The incident resulted in the death of two civilians and the wounding of four others.

The indictment charges four officers – Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso – in connection with the shootings, and charges those four officers and two supervisors – Arthur “Archie” Kaufman and Gerard Dugue – with helping to obstruct justice during the subsequent investigations.

The indictment alleges that officers Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso open fired on an unarmed family on the east side of the bridge, killing 17-year- old James Brissette, and wounding Susan Bartholomew, 38; Leonard Bartholomew III, 44; the Bartholomew’s daughter, Lesha, 17; and the Bartholomew’s nephew, Jose Holmes, 19. The Bartholomews’ 14-year-old son ran away from the shooting and was fired at, but was not injured.

The second shooting occurred minutes later on the west side of the bridge, where officers shot at brothers Lance and Ronald Madison, killing Ronald, a 40-year-old man with severe mental disabilities. The indictment alleges Faulcon shot Ronald Madison in the back as Ronald ran away. Bowen is charged with stomping and kicking Ronald Madison while Ronald was wounded, but not yet dead. Ronald later died at the scene.

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The four officers charged with killing civilians face maximum penalties of life in prison or the death penalty. The officers face additional penalties for the remaining counts, which include charges related to a conspiracy to cover up what had happened on the bridge, and conspiracies to file charges against two of the victims, Lance Madison and Jose Holmes, on the basis of false evidence.

According to the indictment, officers at the scene of the shooting arrested Lance Madison and charged him with eight counts of attempting to kill police officers. Officers collected no guns or shell casings on the day of the shooting, and 30 casings they collected more than a month later were allegedly fired by officers rather than civilians. Madison was held in jail for three weeks, but was eventually released without indictment.

The indictment accuses Kaufman and Dugue of joining the other four defendants in a conspiracy to cover up what had happened on the bridge and to make the shootings appear justified. Kaufman is charged with obtaining a gun from his home and claiming to have found the gun at the bridge on the day after the shooting, and with making up witnesses and then creating statements from the fictional witnesses to help justify the shooting. Kaufman and Dugue are also accused of holding a meeting, in an abandoned and gutted out NOPD building, at which homicide sergeants instructed officers involved in the shooting to get their stories straight before giving formal audiotaped statements about the shooting.

Kaufman and Dugue, who concluded in a formal report that the shooting was justified and that Lance Madison and Jose Holmes should be arrested, are also accused of conspiring with each other and with other officers to have Madison and Holmes prosecuted on the basis of false evidence.

Kaufman faces a maximum penalty of 120 years in prison, and Dugue faces a maximum penalty of 70 years in prison.

Today’s indictment follows guilty pleas from five former NOPD officers who admitted that they participated in a conspiracy to obstruct justice and cover up what happened on Sept. 4, 2005. The officers include former Lieutenant Michael Lohman, former detective Jeffrey Lehrmann, and former Officers Michael Hunter, Robert Barrios, and Ignatius Hills.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: banglist; chocolate; city; corruption; donutwatch; katrina; louisiana; nagin; neworleans; nola; shooting
Obama/Holder pursues this, but still can't be bothered to learn what happened with the 500 New Orleans ghost payroll cops during Katrina...
1 posted on 07/13/2010 2:25:54 PM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf
The four officers charged with killing civilians face maximum penalties of life in prison or the death penalty.

Sounds like an 18USC242 action to me. If convicted I hope these cops do get the needle.

2 posted on 07/13/2010 2:28:32 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: tcrlaf

Didn’t they go to Vegas to unwind from the stress of the storm?


3 posted on 07/13/2010 2:34:30 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: tcrlaf

They must be white cops.


4 posted on 07/13/2010 2:47:56 PM PDT by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: tcrlaf

Hunter, 33, said a New Orleans police sergeant fired an assault rifle at wounded civilians at close range after other officers stopped shooting and after it was clear that the police were not taking fire. He also says he saw another officer in a car fire a shotgun at a fleeing man’s back, although the man did nothing suggesting he was a threat to police. That man, 40-year-old Ronald Madison, who was severely mentally disabled, died of his wounds.

As part of his plea, Hunter also acknowledged taking part in a conspiracy with colleagues to conceal the circumstances of what he considered an unjustified shooting. At one point, in a meeting with other officers, a supervisor said “something to the effect of, we don’t want this to look like a massacre,” the court document says.

“I don’t think you can listen to that account without being sickened by the raw brutality of the shooting and the craven lawlessness of the cover-up,” said U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance after the factual basis was read aloud in the still courtroom by prosecutor Bobbi Bernstein, deputy chief of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

http://www.greenchange.org/article.php?id=5747

Former Lt. Michael Lohman and former Detective Jeffrey Lehrmann — officers who participated in the investigation of the shooting — in recent weeks both pleaded guilty to helping orchestrate a cover-up.

Lohman and Lehrmann admitted the NOPD’s internal investigation included imaginary civilian witnesses, a planted gun and false officer accounts to justify a shooting of unarmed people.


5 posted on 07/13/2010 3:07:47 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Rebelbase

NEW ORLEANS, Sept. 4 - A day after two police suicides and the abrupt resignations or desertions of up to 200 police officers, defiant city officials on Sunday began offering five-day vacations - and even trips to Las Vegas - to the police, firefighters and city emergency workers and their families.

The idea of paid vacations was raised by both Mayor C. Ray Nagin and senior police officials who said that their forces were exhausted and traumatized and that the arrival of the National Guard had made way for the officers to be relieved.

“I’m very concerned about individuals who have been here, particularly since the first few days, and have been through a lot of hardship,” Mr. Nagin said in an interview.

He said most of the police officers, firefighters and emergency medical workers “are starting to show signs of very, very serious stress, and this is a way to give them time to reunite with their families.”

Mr. Nagin, who has been demanding more federal assistance for days as his city struggled with despair, death and flooding, said he had asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the trips but the agency said it could not. He said the city, therefore, would pay the costs.

He said he believed there were now enough National Guard members in the city to allow the police to take a break and still keep the city secure, and he brushed off questions about whether such a trip might look like a dereliction of duty.

“I’ll take the heat on that,” Mr. Nagin said. “We want to cater to them.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/09/05/national/nationalspecial/05vegas.html?_r=1


6 posted on 07/13/2010 3:11:20 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: tcrlaf
Six officers with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were charged today in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina,

Geez, that was fast.

7 posted on 07/13/2010 3:15:23 PM PDT by umgud (Obama is a failed experiment.)
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To: bjorn14
Hardly.

From left: Robert Barrios, Robert Faulcon Jr., Ignatius Hills, Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Michael Hunter Jr.

A virtual rainbow of cop flavors. When are people going to stop race-mongering and realize that cops don't care what color you are when they are gunning you down. All they need to know is your NOT a cop.

8 posted on 07/13/2010 3:15:25 PM PDT by Smogger
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To: Smogger
I am a meteorologist and in meteorology there is such a thing as the 4 quadrant jet theory. You have the convergent (left rear), divergent(right rear), divergent (left front), convergent (right front) quadrants.

To keep it straight or to train new forecasters...we call it CDDC...or "Cops Don't Do Cops."

9 posted on 07/13/2010 3:26:26 PM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Smogger

I’d believe what you’re saying if it weren’t for the fact that the news media will spin this as an evil white cop incident (without really saying that and without showing ALL of the officer’s photos). Facts aren’t important to the media.. The perception they strive to create IS, however.


10 posted on 07/13/2010 3:33:01 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: Lurker
If convicted I hope these cops do get the needle.

I detest most cops and believe that a substantial number are enamored with the power and authority that their badge grants them.

Nevertheless, these crimes occurred during an incredibly stressful event where the cops panicked and made poor decisions. 1st degree murder requires premeditation, and there is no evidence of that. These cops should be tried and convicted for manslaughter or negligent homicide, as well as for the cover up. Executing these cops would be an even greater abuse of justice than that which they committed.

11 posted on 07/13/2010 8:34:11 PM PDT by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: MayfairFly
1st degree murder requires premeditation,

They aren't charged with that crime. I believe they're being charged under 18USC242. Read the Statute. Death is a perfectly appropriate penalty for their crime.

12 posted on 07/13/2010 8:42:38 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Lurker

Regardless of the charge, your advocating “the needle” is disgusting. I have seen no evidence that these cops intended to kill innocent people. A f*** up and a coverup do not warrant a death sentence.


13 posted on 07/13/2010 9:13:06 PM PDT by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: MayfairFly
A f*** up and a coverup do not warrant a death sentence

Yep shooting some guy in the back while he was running away, a simple mistake that anyone could make. Obviously no malicious intent, after all you want the officers to be able to go home to their families don't you? < /sarcasm>

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14 posted on 07/14/2010 6:28:57 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: MayfairFly
I have seen no evidence that these cops intended to kill innocent people.

Then you ain't been looking very hard.

These monsters murdered in cold blood 3 innocent people using Government guns, driving Government cars, wearing Government uniforms, carrying Government badges, all while acting under the authority of the State. They then engaged in a criminal conspiracy to cover it up also as paid agents of the State.

That's a Conspiracy Against Rights under the Statute I so thoughtfully linked for you. They used Government firearms to do it.

The Statute is quite clear. They're supremely eligible for the Death Penalty and they should get it. The needle is too good for these creeps.

In a rational society they'd be hung by the neck until dead and it would be available on Pay Per View so everyone could see what happens to murdering thugs with badges.

Have a super day.

15 posted on 07/14/2010 7:55:23 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: MayfairFly

>>I have seen no evidence that these cops intended to kill innocent people.<<

The indictment alleges that officers Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon and Villavaso open fired on an unarmed family on the east side of the bridge, killing 17-year- old James Brissette, and wounding Susan Bartholomew, 38; Leonard Bartholomew III, 44; the Bartholomew’s daughter, Lesha, 17; and the Bartholomew’s nephew, Jose Holmes, 19. The Bartholomews’ 14-year-old son ran away from the shooting and was fired at, but was not injured.

The second shooting occurred minutes later on the west side of the bridge, where officers shot at brothers Lance and Ronald Madison, killing Ronald, a 40-year-old man with severe mental disabilities. The indictment alleges Faulcon shot Ronald Madison in the back as Ronald ran away. Bowen is charged with stomping and kicking Ronald Madison while Ronald was wounded, but not yet dead. Ronald later died at the scene.


16 posted on 07/14/2010 1:01:42 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Remember, guys, the enemy is to the left and the middle.)
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To: tcrlaf
"They must be white cops."

Robert Gisevius, Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso are accused of shooting two people and injuring four others. Two other officers, Arthur Kaufman and Gerard Dugue, face related charges of violation of citizens' civil rights and obstruction of justice.

17 posted on 07/14/2010 1:21:27 PM PDT by Mila
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To: B4Ranch
I was in N.O. 6 days after Katrina and witnessed a city paralyzed with fear, many openly armed citizens, and distrust of anyone approaching you that you didn't know. There was total anarchy.

I'm not arguing about the victims' innocence, or the cops criminal behavior. Unarmed people should never, ever be shot. My contention is that this was the result of mass hysteria on the part of all people and authorities. It's not plausible that a dozen random cops conspired to murder innocent citizens that they didn't know. What possible motive would the cops' have in killing these people? What is plausible and logical is that they panicked and were too quick to shoot. After realizing their horrible mistake, they attempted a coverup. There is no evidence that these cops went to the bridge with the intention of shooting and killing innocent people. Therefore, what we have is gross, criminal-negligence and a criminal-coverup. No premeditation or original intent to kill innocents is demonstrated or even suggested in any press article. I'm not comfortable condemning people to death for screw-ups - no matter how great. If you are, so be it.

18 posted on 07/14/2010 8:48:47 PM PDT by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: from occupied ga

>>>you want the officers to be able to go home to their families don’t you?>>>

No, I want them to go to JAIL!


19 posted on 07/14/2010 8:55:47 PM PDT by MayfairFly ("Your total ignorance of that which you profess to teach merits the death penalty.")
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To: MayfairFly
Their attempt to cover their mistakes makes them worthy of the death penalty, once they broke the law to cover up their fear and or mistakes makes it murder, they shot those people in cold blood and hid the facts and evidence that's MURDER. They weren’t too confused, scared or mistaken when it came time to make a cover story.
20 posted on 07/14/2010 9:02:46 PM PDT by KingNo155
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To: MayfairFly

The crime was that a dozen random cops conspired to COVERUP the murder of innocent citizens by police officers!


21 posted on 07/14/2010 9:03:58 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Remember, guys, the enemy is to the left and the middle.)
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To: MayfairFly

I think the part that you are forgetting is that these are SWORN LEO’s. That’s what gave them the power to cover up their crimes. They committed perjury when they filed their formal reports. They deserve the harshest penalties in the book.

I used to look up to sworn officers. Not any more. Those days are gone because of the lower standards that cities are using to hire LEO’s.


22 posted on 07/14/2010 9:08:47 PM PDT by B4Ranch (Remember, guys, the enemy is to the left and the middle.)
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To: MayfairFly

They shot unarmed, fleeing civilians in the back. Then they conspired to cover up their crimes. Hang them.


23 posted on 07/14/2010 9:14:55 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MayfairFly
JAIL

Well their victims won't get time off from the cemetary for good behavior, so I'm inclined to agree with the poster who is advocating the death penalty.

24 posted on 07/15/2010 4:15:16 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: tcrlaf

Sick.


25 posted on 07/15/2010 3:03:20 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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