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Thu September 30, 2010
Two More New Orleans Police Officers Indicted
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – The two officers are charged with lying under oath in a civil case brought by the wife of the man shot outside the Convention Center, where thousands went for shelter after the storm. Danny Brumfield was trying to flag down police when he was shot in the back. Officers have said he was threatening them with a knife. They're now charged with obstruction of justice and perjury. It's the latest federal case filed against 20 current or former officers in the department. Some are accused of shooting unarmed civilians on a bridge after the storm. Another involves a man who was shot, and brought to police for help. His body was later found in a burned-out car. The Justice Department's civil rights division is investigating allegations of misconduct by the police, most in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.