Former officer gets 8 years for New Orleans bridge shooting
December 1st, 2010
07:47 PM ET

Former officer gets 8 years for New Orleans bridge shooting

A former New Orleans police officer was sentenced to 8 years in prison Wednesday in connection with a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge that left two civilians dead and four wounded shortly after Hurricane Katrina.

Michael Hunter pleaded guilty in April in federal court to charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and concealing a known crime. He was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison and three years of supervised release.

Hunter and other officers drove to the Danziger Bridge on Sept. 4, 2005, in response to a radio call that said officers on the nearby I-10 bridge had come under fire, the Department of Justice said in a press release.

Hunter admitted that officers on the east side of the Danziger Bridge fired at people even though they did not appear to have any weapons, according to the DOJ. 

Hunter also admitted to firing repeatedly at people who were running away over the bridge even though they did not appear to have weapons or pose a threat to officers as they ran up the bridge.

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  1. Buck

    I'm certainly PRO-POLICE, but these Officers in New Orleans were ANIMALS. They deserved a good old fashioned lynching.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jon

    Yes. Lump all cops into the bad category just like all blacks into the crimal category... See how easy that works

    December 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brett

    those people that looted new orleans should all be shot.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Justlew

    Another example go ahead kill those folks their lives don't matter we only prosecute you guys because the evidence was so obvious.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. trey

    Pigs

    December 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. trey

    Cops shud rot

    December 1, 2010 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. So digusting!

    The district atty has forgtten the people and the judge has forgotten justice! This man, highly trained officer, went into sniper mode: firing on unarmed, innocent seeking safety from a horrific natural disater, killing and injuring...may the Lord who sits high looks low on them both! Justice was not reconciled.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Me

    Why did it take 5 years to convict this officer?

    December 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bruce Heinemann

    Robert Bowling, can you read? Look at the article and I quote: "Hunter also admitted to firing repeatedly at people who were running away over the bridge even though they did not appear to have weapons or pose a threat to officers as they ran up the bridge". Get an education and learn how to read! Or maybe you can just apply now to be a Fox Propaganda Network "news reporter"

    Do you get why so many people don't trust law enforcement?

    Do get a clue........

    December 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Terry

    I hope he gets it up the you know what every day in prison for eight years. Stinkin coper!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. A.

    Sentence him to 800 years.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RUFFNUTT

    most police are just punks with badges.. every now and then there is a nice one.

    i remember on more than once i would see a cop coming the other way and see me with my best friend which was black and start eyeballing us and bust a u-turn to get us.. then when we were pulled over he would ask "do you know why i pulled you over?" ofcourse being the smartbutt i am i would say " yes sir! i was DWBP" and then he would go whats that... driving with black people. eewww they would get mad cause i'd call em out like that cause you could tell it was true.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. B. A.

    Wonder why they were shooting in he first place? Maybe the rabble that started running were flashing weapons – you know the would all claim they saw nothing. I don't get it.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • jn

      they had no weapons of any kind. one of the upcoming trials includes one of the cops trying to plant a gun under the bridge. the only reason they got busted for real is that CBS photographed it from a mile away.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Name*Jay

    He only received 8 years? He got 4 years for each person he murdered? Louisiana sucks.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. guest

    Don't forget they shot the people on the ground that already were wounded. Took their gun and just fired bullets at the line of bodies. Then they kicked the body of a dying mentally challenged young man who was shot in the back numerous times. He was only trying to get across the bridge to his brother's house.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
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