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No discipline for NOLA cop in 15 shooting incidents, 50 complaints

This article was co-published with the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The disciplinary file on the New Orleans Police Department’s Dwayne Scheuermann is inches thick — as thick as any on the police force. The lieutenant has weathered more than 50 separate complaints, ranging from accusations of brutality, to rape, to improper…

Ex-NOLA cop gets 3 years for cover-up of Danziger Bridge shootings

Former New Orleans Police Officer Jeffrey Lehrmann was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison for his part in the cover-up of the Danziger Bridge shootings, our partners at the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported today. Lehrmann is one of 11 officers who have been charged in the Sept. 4,…

Second NOLA police officer pleads guilty in post-Katrina shootings

The second guilty plea in the Danziger Bridge case today revealed additional details about the conduct of New Orleans police after Hurricane Katrina and suggested more prosecutions of higher-ranking officers are yet to come. Former police detective Jeffrey Lehrmann pleaded guilty to failing to report a felony in connection to…

Former New Orleans Detective Pleads Guilty in Katrina Shooting Cover-up

Former New Orleans Police Department Lt. Michael Lohman today pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiring to obstruct justice, in connection with one of a string of violent encounters between police and civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Police shot at least 10 people during the…

After Hurricane Katrina, police lied to family about shooting

Matt McDonald left his native Connecticut and headed to New Orleans in the summer of 2005, shortly before Hurricane Katrina struck and floodwaters engulfed the city. McDonald was a troubled soul, a heavy drinker who had lived on the streets, but he kept in touch with his family, calling from…

In New Orleans, chaos in the streets, and in police ranks too

Originally published by ProPublica During the turbulent days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall, New Orleans police shot 10 civilians, at least four of whom died, according to interviews and internal police documents. Some incidents involving police were widely publicized and have prompted a U.S. Justice Department inquiry into the conduct…

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