2 N.O. officers charged with lying about shooting

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Posted: Sep 30, 2010 12:52 PM
Updated: Sep 30, 2010 4:18 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: New Orleans, police officers, shooting, Hurricane Katrina, indictment, Ronald Mitchell, Ray Jones, Danny Brumfield, Earnest N. Morial Convention Center, WBRZ

Two New Orleans police officers have been charged with lying under oath about the fatal shooting of a man outside the city's convention center after Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday's six-count indictment charges the officers, Ronald Mitchell and Ray Jones, with obstruction of justice and perjury for allegedly giving false deposition testimony for a civil lawsuit filed by the wife of Danny Brumfield.

Mitchell claimed he shot and killed Brumfield after he lunged at him with a shiny object while he and his partner, Jones, were driving by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on Sept. 3, 2005, less than a week after Katrina struck.

Prosecutors say Mitchell knew Brumfield didn't have a shiny object.

Jones also is accused of giving a false account of the shooting.

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