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FBI agent saw holes in Katrina shooting probe

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Posted: Jul 12, 2011 12:25 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, jury, federal, court, fbi, danziger, bridge, trial, wbrz, louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - A federal jury has heard an FBI supervisor describe her growing suspicions as she and other agents interviewed the officer who was assigned to investigate deadly police shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Testifying Tuesday at a trial for five current or former officers, FBI Special Agent Kelly Bryson said she was troubled by Sgt. Arthur Kaufman's failure to interview witnesses and collect evidence after police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the storm.

Kaufman's attorney accused Bryson of unfairly judging his client's investigation and said she couldn't understand the harsh conditions police endured after Katrina.

Prosecutors say Kaufman fabricated witnesses, falsified reports and planted a gun to make the shootings appear justified.

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