Judge orders new trial for five New Orleans police officers convicted in Danziger Bridge shooting.
A federal judge in New Orleans has overturned convictions of five city police officers charged in the shooting of unarmed civilians after Hurricane Katrina. The ruling is based on prosecution misconduct.
The New Orleans Police Department has announced they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint the night of Thursday, Sept. 5, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next morning.
The location of the NOPD Traffic Division's sobriety checkpoint was not disclosed in the press released issued by the department; the NOPD is required by the Louisiana Supreme Court to make a public announcement when they will be conducting a checkpoint, but are not required to tell the public where it will be beforehand.
The New Orleans Police Department will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed point in the city Thursday night, the department said in a press release.
The checkpoint will begin at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, and last until 5 a.m. the next morning. Drivers are advised to have proper documentation — including a driver's license and proof of insurance — but should only experience minimal delays.
"I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in the release.
A federal judge will hear arguments over the consent decree designed to reform the New Orleans jail.
The New Orleans criminal justice system will be center stage at federal court proceedings set to begin this week. The city argues it can’t pay for fixing the police department and jail at the same time.
Every month, New Orleans police file crime statistics with the federal government. These numbers turn into lists of the nation’s most violent cities, and those lists impact factors from economic development to residents’ sense of safety. The Sunday edition of the Times-Picayune and Nola.com features reporting from John Simerman and Gordon Russell on these stats.