5 NOPD Officers Guilty in Katrina Murders

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Five current or former New Orleans police officers were convicted in the Danziger Bridge murder case, and subsequent cover up. They are, from top left: Kenneth Bowen, Robert Faulcon, Robert Gisevius, Arthur Kaufman and Anthony Villavaso.

The wheels of Justice turn slow, and they are often out of alignment, and way too often can be bought -

But every once in a while they actually produce justice…

5 NOPD officers guilty in post-Katrina Danziger Bridge shootings, cover-up

A jury this morning convicted all five New Orleans police officers accused in the Danziger Bridgeshootings, which took place amid the chaos after Hurricane Katrina and claimed the lives of two civilians, and a cover-up of startling scope that lasted almost five years.

The verdicts were a huge victory for federal prosecutors, who won on virtually every point, save for their contention that the shootings amounted to murder. The jury rejected that notion, finding that the officers violated the victims’ civil rights, but that their actions did not constitute murder.

Sentencing for the five officers, all of them likely facing lengthy prison terms, has been set for Dec. 14 before U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.

Four of the five officers – Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso — have been in custody since their arraignment.

The fifth, retired Sgt. Arthur “Archie” Kaufman, who was not involved in the shootings but headed the police investigation into them, remains free on bail.

In remarks on the courthouse steps shortly after the verdicts were rendered, lead prosecutor Barbara “Bobbi” Bernstein said she was “in awe” of the relatives of the bridge shooting victims. Without their persistence, she said, the truth about the incident would never come to light.

Lance Madison, whose brother, Ronald, was shot and killed on the bridge, and who was jailed for allegedly shooting at police, thanked the jury and the federal authorities who brought the case, while noting he will never get his brother back.

“We’re thankful for closure after six long years of waiting for justice,” Madison said.

The landmark civil-rights case — one of four major federal cases involving use of force by New Orleans police to result in indictments so far — has been closely watched around the nation.

Because of its sheer magnitude, the Danziger case was the most high-stakes of the nine civil-rights probes into the NOPD the Justice Department has confirmed. Before today’s verdicts, five other former officers, all of whom testified during the six-week trial, had already pleaded guilty to various roles in the shootings and the subsequent cover-up.

The two other cases to go to trial so far — involving the deaths of Henry Glover and Raymond Robair at the hands of police — both resulted in convictions, although two officers accused of different roles in the Glover case were acquitted, and a third officer who was convicted recently had that verdict vacated.

While today’s verdicts close the book on most aspects of the Danziger case, one officer charged in the cover-up still faces charges: retired Sgt. Gerard Dugue, who is set to be tried Sept. 26…

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  1. Dear Sirs/Madams:

    The letter below is being sent to you in behalf of Dr. Firpo Carr. Dr. Carr has been very instrumental in drawing attention to the unfair indictment of my brother, Sgt. Gerard Dugué. I invite you to please examine Dr. Carr’s articles. Thank you very much.

    Sincerely yours,

    Virgil Dugué

    Dear Sirs/Madams:

    The Henry Glover case and the Danzinger Bridge incident have serious implications in relations between the Black community and the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). Both cases have captured the interest of the national press, not the least of which is the Los Angeles Sentinel-L.A. Watts Times newspaper.

    Not only is this paper the preeminent one for L.A.’s African American community, but Danny J. Bakewell, Sr.—the paper’s Executive Publisher, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Executive Editor—is also the chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association.

    We are attempting to draw both national and international attention to the egregious post-Katrina events perpetrated against African Americans by rouge NOPD cops. This is not an indictment on all NOPD officers.
    There are fine police officers who did their best, both during and after Hurricane Katrina’s wrath. According to all available evidence, one of these is retired Sergeant Gerard Dugué. Unfortunately, Mr. Dugué was unfairly indicted, and it is our belief that, in the interest of justice, attention should be drawn to this fact.
    Our feeling is, Why add insult to injury by trying and possibly convicting an innocent man? There have already been too many tragedies associated with Hurricane Katrina, some of them preventable. We are hoping you will join us in trying to halt the makings of an obvious travesty.

    Please click “Dugué Defense” link at the http://www.firpocarr.com website. Articles on Dugué’s innocence have already appeared online—in 34 languages. There is a keen worldwide interest in his case.

    You will note one of the articles quotes from Gerard’s brother-in law, C. Arnold Lain, a Black lawyer in Winnsboro, Louisiana. (http://www.firpocarr.com/katrina.html)

    Please feel free to contact me by phone or email. You will find my contact information below.
    Cordially yours,
    Firpo Carr
    213.220.0926
    http://www.firpocarr.com
    firpocarr@aol.com

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    Dr. Firpo Carr continues to expose the Justice Department’s sham case against Sgt. Gerard Dugué. It is quite evident that they recognize the public is aware that Sgt. Dugué is innocent regarding the bogus charges against him in the Danziger Bridge murders. In the “Dugué Defense Part 5,” you will see and feel the government’s desperation as they shamelessly pervert the truth regarding Dugué’s investigation of the 2001 Gert Town shooting. In doing so they continue to waste taxpayers’ money in their witch-hunt.

    http://www.firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart5.html

    Dr. Firpo Carr continues to expose the government’s inexcusable and reckless action in unjustly indicting Sgt. Gerard Dugué in connection with the Danziger Bridge murders. In the “Dugué Defense Part 4,” Dr. Carr exposes the FBI’s deceptive reporting on their interviewing of Sgt. Dugué and the Justice Department’s employing the “Straw Man Fallacy” in their continuing efforts to put on trial an innocent man, Sgt. Gerard Dugué. We invite you to click on the following link:

    http://www.firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart4.html

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    Other articles and radio broadcasts you may have missed:

    Below is a link to the 1/23/2011 Sunday Journal WYLD discussion in which Dr. Firpo Carr was interviewed by Mr. Hal Clark regarding Sgt. Gerard Dugué’s innocence in connection with the Danziger Bridge murders:

    http://www.wyldfm.com/cc-common/mediaplayer/player.html?redir=yes&mps=SundayAMJournal.php&mid=http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/18227/1h/cchannel.download.akamai.com/18227/podcast/NEWORLEANS-LA/WYLD-FM/Sunday%20Journal%20-%201%2023%2011%20-%20Dr.%20Firpo%20Carr.mp3?CPROG=PCAST?CCOMRRMID&CPROG=RICHMEDIA&MARKET=NEWORLEANS-LA&NG_FORMAT=&NG_ID=&OR_NEWSFORMAT=&OWNER=&SERVER_NAME=www.wyldfm.com&SITE_ID=2110&STATION_ID=WYLD-FM&TRACK=

    (Please note that Sgt. Gerard Dugué was not in Gonzales, Texas, during the Danziger Bridge shooting. This was a misunderstanding. Gerard was actually in Gonzales, Louisiana, during the shooting. Nevertheless, the point is that he was not in New Orleans during the shooting.)

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    Link to Mr. Hal Clark’s 1/9/11 Sunday Journal WYLD interview of Dr. Firpo Carr:

    http://www.wyldfm.com/cc-common/mediaplayer/player.html?redir=yes&mps=SundayAMJournal.php&mid=http://a1135.g.akamai.net/f/1135/18227/1h/cchannel.download.akamai.com/18227/podcast/NEWORLEANS-LA/WYLD-FM/Sunday Journal – 1 09 11 – Dr. Firpo Carr (2).mp3?CPROG=PCAST?CCOMRRMID&CPROG=RICHMEDIA&MARKET=NEWORLEANS-LA&NG_FORMAT=&NG_ID=&OR_NEWSFORMAT=&OWNER=&SERVER_NAME=www.wyldfm.com&SITE_ID=2110&STATION_ID=WYLD-FM&TRACK=

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    Links to “The Dugué Defense” articles:

    http://www.firpocarr.com/duguedefense.html

    http://www.firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart1.html

    http://www.firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart2.html

    http://www.firpocarr.com/duguedefensepart3.html

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    Other links:

    http://www.firpocarr.com/katrinaarticle1.html

    http://www.firpocarr.com/katrina.html

    http://www.firpocarr.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/SentinelDuguep1.pdf

    http://www.firpocarr.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderfiles/DugueFrontPagep2.pdf

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