Officers Facing Multiple Life Sentences for Killing Unarmed Civilians

9 Aug

katrina shootings, black news, african american news

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

The police officers involved in the fatal shooting on Danziger Bridge after Katrina have been found guilty on a combined 25 counts of civil rights violations. Just six days after hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, police shot and killed two men — James Brissette, 17, and Ronald Madison, 40 — leaving 4 others wounded. Those injured and killed were family members simply seeking safety from the flooding. According to reports, they were unarmed and not presenting a threat. Madison is said to have been mentally ill.

Ironically, six years later, the five policemen associated with the shooting were found guilty after just three days of deliberation by jurors. Rollingout.com reports, “The five men are scheduled to be sentenced on December 14. Four of them are facing potential multiple life sentences, as well as additional penalties for charges tied to a conspiracy to cover up the killings. One of the convicted men faces a maximum penalty of 120 years in prison.”

Other policemen associated with the shooting have already been convicted. In fact, Michael Hunter pleaded guilty in 2010 to conspiracy in obstructing justice and is serving eight years behind bars. On August 5th U.S. Attorney Jim Letten made a public statement saying, “Today’s verdict by these jurors sends a powerful, a powerful, unmistakable message to public servants, to law enforcement officers and to the citizens we serve and indeed to the world. The citizens of this country will not, should not, and we intend that they will never have to fear the individuals who are called upon to protect them.”

Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.

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2 Responses to “Officers Facing Multiple Life Sentences for Killing Unarmed Civilians”

  1. WizardG August 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Their lives have been destroyed by their stupid decisions brought on by the psychosis of institutionalized brainwashing. In this case the air of the Eurocentric arrogance of police power. What they have done is part of a systematic mentality which shows how easily people can be made to turn on their own. They become dissociated with people outside of their “click” and become evil and confused in their convoluted ideals of power and “the job”. This also shows how easily blacks can be made to turn on each other or to broaden the spectrum, how people born in the same country with the same hopes, dreams, and beliefs can be segregated to the point of total inhumanity to their fellow man.

  2. WizardG August 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm #

    (“August 5th U.S. Attorney Jim Letten made a public statement saying, “Today’s verdict by these jurors sends a powerful, a powerful, unmistakable message to public servants, to law enforcement officers and to the citizens we serve and indeed to the world. The citizens of this country will not, should not, and we intend that they will never have to fear the individuals who are called upon to protect them.”)

    This is the kind of propaganda rhetoric that causes the most ignorant and retarded of the citizenry to settle down and believe in a totally corrupt judicial system. Nothing has changed. The majority of the nation’s prosecutors are treacherous conniving crooks with millions of hidden documents and hundreds of thousands of illegally incarcerated people behind their belts. The rich rarely go to prison and the super-rich never go to prison. Many people have been imprisoned due to the acts of corrupt politicians and the corrupt judicial system. The supreme court illegally allowed GW Bush to take a second term and the prison system is filled with too many blacks per capita and too many or our young boys and girls.

    To listen to this U.S. Attorney speak so sweetly about the judicial system should make us puke, but as usual, so many are conditioned to believe this hype even while contrary evidence hits them dead in the face!

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