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WWNO News Reports
Fri August 5, 2011
Families, Officials React To Danziger Verdicts
By Eileen Fleming
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."
Sherrel Johnson's 17-year-old son, James Brissette, was also killed.
"They took the twinkle of my eye, the song out of my heart, and blew out my candle. But it's going to be all right because justice has been served."
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued a statement, saying the verdicts "provide significant closure to a dark chapter" in the city's history., and there is now "an opportunity to turn the page and to heal." New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas also issued a statement. He says the convictions reaffirm a "belief and support of the justice system."
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming