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Officers face decades in prison in Katrina shootings

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 3, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.

— Five former police officers are scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday for deadly shootings at a bridge after Hurricane Katrina, a coda for a case that became a high-profile symbol of police brutality and residents’ suffering after the 2005 storm.

The Justice Department’s probe of the shootings became the centerpiece of its push to clean up the troubled police department. Revelations that officers shot unarmed people and tried to justify the shootings with a brazen cover-up stunned a city with a long history of police corruption.

Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso and Robert Faulcon were convicted of firearms charges and face decades in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Arthur Kaufman, a retired sergeant who was convicted only of participating in the cover-up, faces significantly less prison time.

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NONSHEEPLE says... April 3, 2012 at 10:32 a.m.

If the people that were shot were acting like the ones shooting at our ambulances trying to get our drug boxes then they got what they deserve. I hope the media doesn't run out and blow this up just the FL shooting.

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