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Trial opens for NOPD officers charged in bridge shooting

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Posted: Jun 22, 2011 12:18 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: jury selection, New Orleans police officers, NOPD, Hurricane Katrina, Danziger Bridge, WBRZ

NEW ORLEANS - Jury selection has begun in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's
chaotic aftermath.

Roughly 70 potential jurors were questioned Wednesday about their Katrina experiences and their knowledge of the case.

Five former officers already have pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up involving the fatal shootings of two people and wounding of four others on the Danziger Bridge after the
2005 storm's landfall.

Four other officers were indicted last year on charges stemming from the shootings, while two police investigators were charged in the alleged cover-up.

One of those investigators will be tried separately.

The trial for the other five indicted officers is expected to last up to eight weeks.

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