July 13th, 2010
03:02 PM ET

Officials: Indictments against 6 in post-Katrina deaths

Federal officials announced indictments Tuesday against four police officers and two supervisors in the investigation surrounding the post-Hurricane Katrina deaths of civilians on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge, federal law enforcement officials confirmed to CNN.

At least three New Orleans police officers were in FBI custody Tuesday afternoon, an attorney for one of them confirmed. Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso and Robert Gisevius surrendered to authorities and are expected to make an initial court appearance later Tuesday.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder plans an afternoon news conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Read the full CNN.com story

Two civilians were killed and four others wounded in two shootings on September 4, 2005, six days after Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast.

In the first shooting, on the east side of the bridge, one person, later identified as James Brissette, 19, was killed and four people were wounded, prosecutors said.

In another shooting on the bridge's west side, Ronald Madison, 40, a severely disabled man, was killed. Madison's brother was arrested but later released without being charged, authorities said.

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  1. Duh

    were they carrying any televisions or boxes of tennis shoes?

    July 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Duh

    were they carrying any TVs?

    July 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jsw

    those cops are going to learn a whole new meaning to anal retentive, or they will spend 23 hrs in a cell 1 hr in a cage so no one has their way with them, classic.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mother

    Why is no news channel talking about the IRANIAN offer to help stop the oil leak?

    Just because they are under sanctions for whatever reasons sponsored by the US goverment does not mean they are barred to even help on matters that are now beyond the capacity of US government or BP.

    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    or simply search Google/Yahoo/bing for more on this help offer from Iran.

    share this information with as many people as you can

    July 14, 2010 at 3:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mother

    Look at the greater tragedy. It's a global catastrophe.
    We need to rise above our political difference, they can be settled sometime else. Wat greater catastrophe are you kids waiting to happen? Do you wish to smell the tar balls off the Manhattan coast? Has the US not done enough damage to the global environment prolonging the gulf oil leak by allowing BP to contain it, something they can't even think of doing in their dreams?

    Lets call for the IRANIANs now before its too late to do anything better. Patience is not an option anymore. All those who thought such a thing could not happen in the US have been proven wrong.

    What US needs today is friends. Friend who can help. Ask yourself one question. IRAN, so-called US enemy, has atleast help to offer in this moment of crisis. Wat does Israel have to offer? I'll tell you wat. Israeli PM has to offer a visit in this moment of crisis to ask for more US help, arms, money, fighter jets etc. This is wat US' friends have to offer. If US has friend like Israel, it surely doesn't require enemies.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Father

    Don't see no reason why US should not take help from IRAN.
    Both BP and US government are buying time in hope that the well would eventually run dry. The whole crap about drilling of relief well is a big lie. By the time it is dug, twice the amount of oil would have leaked into the gulf as compared to today.

    US does not have any know-how to stop this spill, so why not let those deal with this mess who really have the capacity and expertise to handle such catastrophe.

    Mr. President, if u're listening, pls wake up and ring up the Iranian President. Let their offer to help not go in vain.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mother

    Why is no news channel talking about the IRANIAN offer to help stop the oil leak?

    Just because they are under sanctions for whatever reasons sponsored by the US goverment does not mean they are barred to even help on matters that are now beyond the capacity of US government or BP.

    This is a Global Disaster. Stop being cynical about the Iranians and take their help. They are experts in this subject whether or not the US government agrees. Let political ego not compromise the interest of the ordinary Americans and the humanity at large.

    By refusing or rather not even acknowledging the help offered by Iran, the crisis is not going to be resolved anyways. It’s only worsening by the hour.

    The help offer by Iran is so strictly censored by the government that not even the so-called free press/media is talking about it.

    For more information Visit http://www.presstv.ir

    or simply search Google/Yahoo/bing for more on this help offer from Iran.

    July 14, 2010 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. jonathan

    UNTIL POLICE ARE MONITERED THINGS LIKE THIS WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN. THE MILITARY ALREADY WEAR THE SOLUTION TO THIS. EVER NOTICE THOSE LITTLE CAMERAS ON THE HELMETS?? THE COMMANDER IS WATCHING & LISTENING. HELLO!! WHY NOT USE THAT FOR THE POLICE...PROBLEM SOLVED...

    July 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Facts

    1. A false call was made about two officers being down.

    2. The families were not looting. They were walking across the bridge to find shelter with their relatives.

    3. They were not approaching the officers, there was no mob. In fact, the van of officers pulled up on the families and began firing without announcing who they were. There were no calls to “stop” or “halt”.

    4. After the people were initially shot and wounded, the officers walked up on them and shot them again even though they were unarmed. They stood the mentally disabled man, who was already shot twice, up against a truck and shot him 5 more times in the back. There are witnesses who were staying at a hotel who saw this.

    July 17, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
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