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1 cop guilty of lying about post-Katrina shooting

3 years ago December 09, 2011 Dec 9, 2011 Friday, December 09 2011 Friday, December 09, 2011 1:48:54 PM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS- The New Orleans Police Department has suspended an officer convicted of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina.

Officer Ronald Mitchell had been reassigned to desk duty following his indictment last year on federal charges of obstruction of justice and perjury.

The department suspended him without pay Friday after a jury convicted him of lying when he said he left his patrol car and checked for Danny Brumfield's pulse after he shot the 45-year-old man in September 2005.

Jurors acquitted Mitchell's partner, Officer Ray Jones, of related charges that he lied during a deposition for the civil lawsuit filed by Brumfield's widow.

A department spokeswoman says an administrative investigation will be conducted on both officers.

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