NOPD Officer Convicted of Lying About Convention Center Shooting

Dec 9, 2011

A New Orleans police officer has been convicted of lying about a deadly shooting in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The the officer's partner has been acquitted.

A federal jury determined New Orleans police officer Ronald Mitchell lied about what happened after he shot a man in the back outside the Convention Center jammed with residents stranded by the storm. The victim approached the patrol car, was struck by the vehicle and then shot in the back. Jurors found Mitchell lied about getting out of the car and checking the victim's pulse.

The two officers were not charged in the shooting, but with lying in a deposition for a civil lawsuit filed by the victim's widow. Mitchell faces up to 25 years in prison for perjury and obstructing justice. Sentencing is set for March.