Trial opens for La. cops charged in shootings

June 22, 2011 - 3:29 AM
Katrina Bridge Shootings

FILE - In Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 file photos, four New Orleans police officers are seen in a combination of photos as they arrive for booking in New Orleans. From left: Robert Faulcon Jr., Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, and Anthony Villavaso II. Jury selection is set to begin Wednesday, June 22, 2011 in the federal case spawned by the fatal shootings by police of two people and wounding of four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photos, File)

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.