Today, the state grand jury finally called bullshit on the New Orleans Police Department's version of what happened on Sept. 4, 2005. The killings have been portrayed by the officers involved, the NOPD, and the MSM as an appropriate response to sniper fire at rescue workers near the bridge in eastern New Orleans. The dead victims have been demonized as criminal snipers. The injured survivors fled New Orleans in the aftermath, and gained little exposure in the press as they tried to tell their story. The facts demonstrate that the only people shooting at people that day were officers of the law. Indeed, the grand jury cleared Lance Madison, a man whom police had arrested that day and
Four police officers, Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon, were charged with the first degree murder of James Brissette, a 19 year old man. Faulcon was also charged with the first degree murder of Ronald Madison, a 40 year old mentally retarded man who was shot seven times in the back. Three additional officers at the scene that day were also indicted on charges of attempted murder.
"We cannot allow our police officers to shoot and kill our citizens without justification, like rabid dogs," District Attorney Eddie Jordan said in a news release. "The rules governing lethal force are not suspended in an emergency. Everyone, including police, must abide by the law of the land." Damn right. Well said Mr. Jordan.
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