Former NOPD Officer Gets 8 Years For Danziger Shooting Case

New Orleans, La. – Former officer Michael Hunter is facing the maximum sentence for his part in the cover-up that included a planted gun and fake witnesses. Hunter pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and ignoring a felony. He is now a key witness in the case pending against six other current or former officers indicted by the Justice Department. Police say officers were responding to reports of shots fired. Hunter says one officer fired an assault rifle at unarmed civilians lying wounded on the Danziger Bridge. He says another officer shot a mentally disabled man in the back. Hunter is expected to testify against his former colleagues, which could reduce his sentence.
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