New Orleans, LA – Veteran officer Melvin Williams was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for beating handyman Raymond Robair in July 2005. He and his rookie partner, Officer Matthew Dean Moore, then dropped off Robair at a hospital, saying he had overdosed on drugs. Moore was sentenced to almost six years for lying to investigators. The victim's mother, Marie Robair, says she hopes the case will result in more people reporting police abuse.
"Justice have been done for my son, which it don't bring him back. But with the help of the Good Lord I have got justice for it."
The U-S Attorney's Office is handling several police-corruption cases. Two FBI agents are now assigned to New Orleans police internal affairs office.
For WWNO, I'm Eileen Fleming.