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. Tom

    Wheres the attempted murder charge? He admitted to shooting at unarmed people who were runnung away from him. At the least that attempted murder. Eight years for his crimes is a poor attempt at justice. THe average citizen would have gotten 15 – 20 at least.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. guest


    Why did it take 5 years to convict this officer?
    Because there was a coverup. The family of the mentally challenged young man pursued the issue and received justice .

    December 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Phill

    What about the other corrupt NO Police Officers involved in this shooting, are they being charged ? only one officer was charged ?

    December 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jesus christ

    I hope you all realize that police officers put their lives in danger every single day. They put on a uniform and march out into a world that is messed up and violent. For every *dirty cop* there are a hundred more trying to keep peace, protect your sorry asses and make it home alive. One officer making a mistake in a highly tense situation is no reason to attack the integrity of all law enforcement officers. This man broke the law and will now spend 8 years amongst criminals that would love to see him harmed. His punishment is severe enough.

    Instead of railing on against the law enforcement community, focus your wrath at the criminals out there, in your neighborhoods, targeting you and yours.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • GailS

      On the most part, the good cops hate the bad cops more than civilians, the good cops cover for the bad ones (the blue wall). Of course people are going to complain.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • jn

      one cop? if I remember correctly there was 7 "heros" there who all "marched" out that day and every single one participated. There are also their superiors 3 i think that tried to cover it up. Heros-0 Protected and Served citizens-0 Murdered Citizens-2 Criminals on the bridge? 7 officers

      December 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      You stop excusing this cop thug. He is and was a criminal with a badge. Stop condoning this egregious behavior! He life is worth nothing for he maintain his well being at the expense of those he was hired, entrusted, and provided a livelihood to protect and serve. Anyone soliciting breaks for this guy is as low dog as he is and was on that day!

      December 2, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. dev

    The justice system will never be one-size-fits-all because when you're part of it "Oh, I didn't know" will cut some considerable time off your sentence or if you're rich you'll have top-end lawyers to win your case like O.J. did.

    It's one thing for the justice system to be that way but it's completely another thing that the justice system expects ordinary people to respect it's decision-making when there are cases like this.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. duke

    How come the"looters"were black?
    But the survivors were white??
    Had they gunned down a special needs white person,ie"trig",would your response and feelings remain the same??

    December 1, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keenan

    Whoa man the police then got out of control man

    December 1, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. I love sterotypes

    All police are corrupt. All black people are criminals. All white people are racists. All muslims are terrorists. Excellent job readers. Keep promoting the hate.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jesus christ

    Hey jn, how many police officers are there in the United States?

    And if you really want to know corruption within law enforcement, move to Mexico and tangle with officers there. Oh! Go to Iran and play with their police force. Have you been to the fareast lately? Go committ a petty crime there! You are focusing on one incident, declaring all officers corrupt and the police evil. Grow up. Should the day come that you need assistance, I hope you remember to thank the men and women in blue that save your life.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • HA!

      That's a great defense of the men, and women, in law enforcement... "Just look how bad police are in the most deplorable parts of the world, ours aren’t as bad as that" What a JOKE! The only thing the police have going for them here is good (paid) PR and dues (can you say union) to influence local politics. Brilliant scam but that doesn't erase what they are. A minimum of an associates, really a bachelors degree, should be required to perform the decision making skills that profession requires.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maria garcia

    Yes "Jesus Christ" but many many many police officers make the few very few good police officers look like monsters I personally feel no trust towards them. His punishment is not severe enough he was involved in a cover up of a murder this was not fixing a speeding ticket this was plain murder and it was not one officer it was many involved in this cover up so please let me focus my wrath on the criminals the men wearing the uniform that uniform that is supposed to symbolize to PROTECT and SERVE not to MURDER and COVER UP

    December 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. UNKle Obama

    The guard should have been in there day one, not so much policing as saving human fkin those cops and the rest of the corrupt ones..8 years for shootin a bunch of your own neighbors? this guy better pray he does that stretch outside of louisiana..he's a marked man

    December 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dakota

    I look at it this way, we the public only hear what the media wants us to. I hav e learned that after u hear both sides, the truth of what happened lies somewhere in the middle.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dj

    Waaa waa..when will we learn?!you could ask that question until your blue in the face.don't be a pansy and avoid the issue.a man or woman in a position of authority should be qualified for the position.these men were not.he responded to his community with an act of aggression in a time when he was really called on to do the damn job.sentence is too

    December 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Patty Biller

    Are you kidding me? Fry him!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jesus christ

    Hey Patty! CLASSY! Kill someone that didn't kill anyone! Way to go! Encourage violence! Yay!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
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