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Friday
Dec102010

New Orleans Cops Found Guilty of Shooting, Burning Man Post-Katrina

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Three New Orleans police officers were found guilty Thursday of fatally shooting a man and burning his remains in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

A federal jury in New Orleans convicted officers David Warren, Greg McRae and Lt. Travis McCabe for the death of civilian Henry Glover on Sept. 2, 2005.

During the month-long trial, jurors heard evidence that Warren shot Glover in the back as he was running away from him.  After the shooting, Glover's brother and a friend flagged down a passing motorist who drove the wounded victim to a nearby police station for help.  The officers surrounded the men, handcuffing them while allowing Glover to die in the back seat of the car.  McRae then took off in the vehicle -- with Glover's body inside -- and set the car on fire with a traffic flare, burning evidence of the body.

Warren was found guilty of a civil rights violation and use of a firearm during a crime of manslaughter, and faces a possible life sentence.  McRae was charged with two counts of civil rights violations, one count of obstruction of justice and one count of using fire in the commission of a felony, and could face 50 years in prison.  McCabe was also convicted with obstruction of justice, as well as lying to the FBI and committing perjury, and faces a maximum sentence of 30 years.

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