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. brenda

    who cares about a f-ing 42 inch tv when lives are at stakes? Yo cant copmpare the two. The law was designed to keep the poor in prison. Mike lied and covered a murder. I hope he rots, maybe the stae wil get lucky and not have to pay for his free meals too much longer. Those monsters were paid by the taxpayers to protect and serve, but the dogs, murdered 2 pople and hurt more and then lied about it all. WOW, whats next. I dont trust anyone carrying a gun, that goes for the popo! This is a disgrace!

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