Cheers from 250 to 300 supporters greeted seven New Orleans police officers who turned themselves in today to face charges for a deadly shooting on a bridge days after Hurricane Katrina hit.
"Each of the indicted men faces at least one charge of murder or attempted murder in the shootings of six people on the Danziger Bridge on September 4, 2005, less than a week after the hurricane hit," Associated Press reports.
"One protester shouted 'Police killings must stop' and 'Racism must go' as the men arrived, but the protester was shouted down by the crowd yelling: 'Heroes, Heroes,'" the A.P. article continued.
Video clip from CNN coverage of the day's proceedings:
"It's a serious injustice," said Sgt. Henry Kuhn of the Harahan Police Department, one of several uniformed officers from the New Orleans suburbs who joined the crowd.
Two men died and four people were wounded in the gunfire on the bridge that spans the Industrial Canal.
Sgts. Kenneth Bowen and Robert Gisevius, officer Anthony Villavaso and former officer Robert Faulcon, were charged with first-degree murder. Officers Robert Barrios and Mike Hunter were charged with attempted first-degree murder, and Ignatius Hills was charged with attempted second-degree murder.