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Monday, 13 December 2010 08:53

Katrina Fallout: NOPD Officers Charged with Killing, Cover-Up

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Five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, three New Orleans Police Department officers have been found guilty in the high-stakes case of the killing of an unarmed man after the storm, as well as its subsequent cover-up. Eleven federal counts were leveled against the three, but according to a New Orleans Times Picayune report, two other officers were completely acquitted of charges in the case.

Former officer David Warren, Officer Gregory McRae, and Lt. Travis McCabe, were convicted in the death of Henry Glover, 31, and the subsequent cover-up after Glover was shot in a strip mall in Algiers (across the Mississippi River from New Orleans), where he and his friend Bernard Calloway had driven to retrieve some stolen goods before leaving the city.

The New York Times reported that on Sept. 2, 2005, Warren was patrolling the mall and shot Glover in the back with his personal assault rifle after Glover and Calloway began to run upon hearing Warren scream “get out.” Glover’s brother, who was also at the site, flagged down a passing motorist, William Tanner, who put all three men in his car. Thinking a drive to the nearest hospital was too far, Tanner headed to a nearby elementary school, where NOPD’s Special Operations was set up, hoping to find help there. It was reported that 50 or 60 SWAT officers had camped out at the school.

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