Danziger Bridge shooting

Federal judge rules that Danziger Bridge documents will remain sealed for now, and maybe forever

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Former New Orleans Police officer Arthur Kaufman, center, enters the Hale Boggs Federal Building and United States Courthouse in Metairie, La. Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Five officers were sentenced in the case where New Orleans Police Department officers fired at unarmed civilians on September 4, 2005, killing two people and wounding 4 others, and later tried to cover up the shooting by blaming one of the civilians.

A federal judge has rejected a request to open up a raft of sealed documents in the Danziger Bridge case, meaning that a large swath of the record in one of the biggest local court cases in recent memory may escape public scrutiny indefinitely. The motion to unseal the documents, some of which address the online commenting… Continue reading →

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