Hearing set in ex-cops' post-Katrina shooting
NEW ORLEANS- Federal prosecutors are asking an appeals court to reinstate the convictions of five former New Orleans police officers on civil rights charges stemming from the deadly shootings of unarmed civilians in storm-struck New Orleans in 2005.
Four of the men are charged in the shootings at the Danziger Bridge, which happened a week after Hurricane Katrina hit the city and levee failures led to catastrophic flooding. A fifth ex-cop is charged in the cover-up that fell apart as federal investigators bore down.
Their 2011 convictions were thrown out by a federal judge who said anonymous online postings by prosecutors tainted the case. The officers remain jailed while prosecutors work to convince judges on the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday that the convictions should stand.