A federal jury in New Orleans is about to reveal its verdict in the trial of five current or former police officers who opened fire on unarmed people on the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans at the height of the post-Katrina agony in the city.
All five are charged with participating in a cover-up that prosecutors say included a planted gun, falsified reports and fabricated witnesses.
It's tempting to recite the old cliche, "it's not the crime, it's the coverup." But as this late June Frontline investigation showed, it is the crime.
Update 12:15 p.m. -- (AP) - A federal jury on Friday convicted five
current or former police officers in the deadly shootings on a New
Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
"We weren't living in the real world. We were living in a Holocaust. We were living through a situation no other police department ever had to endure."
The problem is, it is the real world, there was no genocide going on, and lots of police departments deal with natural and unnatural disasters without losing their grip on reality.
I thought that comment was interesting, too. At what point do events rise to such a level that a reasonable person would say, "I think I'll just start shooting people?"