2 Officers Charged in Louisiana Convention Center Death

September 30, 2010 - 3:55 PM

(AP) - Two New Orleans police officers have been charged with lying under oath about the shooting death of a man outside the city's convention center after Hurricane Katrina.

The indictment claims the officers, Ronald Mitchell and Ray Jones, allegedly gave false testimony in a lawsuit filed by the wife of a man who was trying to flag down the officers.

Mitchell claimed he shot and killed Danny Brumfield after he lunged at him with a shiny object while he and his partner were driving by the convention center.

Prosecutors say Mitchell knew Brumfield didn't have a shiny object.

The Justice Department is investigating the New Orleans Police Department. Twenty current or former officers have been charged so far.