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Wednesday
Dec012010

Former New Orleans Police Officer Sentenced in Danziger Bridge Deaths

Photo Courtesy -- Department of Justice(WASHINGTON) -- A former New Orleans police officer has been sentenced for his role in a police-involved shooting just days after Hurricane Katrina that left two dead and four injured.

The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Michael Hunter will serve eight years in prison for his role in the Danziger Bridge shooting. He faced charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and concealing a known crime in the Sept. 4, 2005 incident.

According to court documents, Hunter and others officers responded to a call that the bridge had come under fire. He admitted that he and other officers fired assault weapons on unarmed civilians who did not pose a threat. Hunter also admitted to conspiring to cover up the events when an investigation was launched.
 
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