Trial opens for La. cops charged in shootings
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Wednesday in a trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath.
Five former officers already have pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up to make it appear that police were justified in fatally shooting two people and wounding four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm's landfall.
Four other officers were indicted last year on charges stemming from the shootings, while two police investigators were charged in the alleged cover-up.
One of those investigators will be tried separately. The trial for the other five indicted officers is expected to last up to eight weeks.