New Orleans, La. – The current or former officers are now awaiting sentencing for killing two people, wounding four others and covering up events. The victims were unarmed. Lance Madison's mentally disabled brother, Ronald, was shot in the back and killed. Lance was arrested but was later released.
"We hope that our effort will help bring some justice not only to our family, but to all other families who have suffered, as well as the entire community."
New Orleans, La. – All five defendants were convicted in the cover-up. Four accused in the shootings were convicted of civil rights violations. But the federal jury decided that the two killings were not murders. Defense attorneys had argued police were responding to reports of shots fired at officers and thought their lives were in danger. U-S Attorney Jim Letten says using the chaos after Katrina as a defense will not work.
New Orleans, La. – Protesters held banners that read, "The oil is still here, and so are we." Tar balls were dropped in front of the building's revolving doors. Some demonstrators were covered in brown paint, representing the oil they say is still polluting the Gulf. One was Lisa Watson of Pensacola, Florida.
"Huge tar mats are washing up with every thunderstorm, with every storm. Tropical Storm Don that went through the Gulf washed up giant, giant tar mats."
One bad thing happened, and countless good things came from it. That was the essential message New Orleans chef Nathaniel Zimet shared with the hundreds of people who turned out to support him at a benefit in July.