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Six New Orleans Police Officers Indicted in Danziger Bridge Shooting
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – Four officers are charged with opening fire on people after the 2005 hurricane left the city in shambles. Two men died; one was mentally disabled who was shot in the back and stomped on by one officer while still alive. Two other officers are charged with planting a gun and covering up what happened. Holder says the Danziger Bridge case came to his attention shortly after he took office.
"We will not tolerate wrongdoing by those who are sworn to protect the public. This will not stand."
Holder says the Justice Department is working with police to eliminate procedural problems in the department. There are at least eight federal civil rights investigations under way involving New Orleans police.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.