New Orleans, La. – At least eight federal investigations are being conducted into the department, some involving actions taken years after the 2005 hurricane. U-S Attorney General Eric Holder says his office is working with the city to ensure a well-run police department,
"We are committed to this kind of work generally and we are committed to making sure that we make a difference in this city specifically."
Officers indicted in the latest case are accused of killing two men and wounding four others as they were crossing the Danziger Bridge. Federal authorities stepped in after a state case was tossed out for prosecution mistakes. Holder says his office is investigating patterns at the department that could end in systemic changes in police operations.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.