A federal appeals court has blasted misconduct by Justice Department lawyers in a civil rights prosecution against New Orleans police officers. The case arose in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the lower court’s grant of a new trial because Justice Department lawyers — including those responsible for protecting the civil rights of the defendant police officers — engaged in an anonymous blogging campaign to taint the defendants during the trial. The court noted that Justice Department lawyers stoked a “mob mentality” against police officers.
The federal appeals court took note that one of the Civil Rights Division lawyers responsible appears to have gone unpunished. For sure, one lawyer is still employed and earning in excess of $157,000 per year with her government salary and benefits.
As the court described:
In the anarchy following Hurricane Katrina, a group of heavily armed New Orleans police officers were dispatched to the Danziger Bridge in response to an emergency call reporting shots being fired at police. There, amid chaos, they shot and killed two unarmed men, one of them developmentally disabled, and wounded four other unarmed civilians.
The notorious Civil Rights Division then brought a criminal prosecution against the police officers (just as many are now clamoring for the same DOJ unit to launch such prosecution against other police departments). The federal appeals court described what happened next:
No less than three high-ranking federal prosecutors are known to have been posting online,anonymous comments to newspaper articles about the case throughout its duration. The government makes no attempt to justify the prosecutors’ ethical lapses, which the court described as having created an “online 21st century carnival atmosphere.” Not only that, but the governmentinadequately investigated and substantially delayed the ferreting out of information about its in-house contributors to the anonymous postings. The district court also found that cooperating defendants called to testify by the government lied, an FBI agent over stepped, defense witnesses were intimidated from testifying , and inexplicably gross sentencing disparities resulted from the government’ s plea bargains and charging practices.
Read the full outrageous opinion here.
The exact same Justice Department unit which engaged in this misconduct is also investigating police departments across the nation — including in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore.
I must have missed something here. The police shot unarmed people on a bridge? They don't want the police to be prosecuted for the crime of killing unarmed citizens? What have I missed here? Or, do they want to prosecute but the DOJ won't allow it? I'm confused!
"In the anarchy following Hurricane Katrina, a group of heavily armed New Orleans police officers were dispatched to the Danziger Bridge in response to an emergency call reporting shots being fired at police. There, amid chaos, they shot and killed two unarmed men, one of them developmentally disabled, and wounded four other unarmed civilians."
Is this about internet 'Postings' or the shooting of unarmed citizens?
Okay, after research I found that the officers were sent to the bridge by one call by an unnamed officer at the bridge stating that there was gun fire... which was stated in another article that gun fire was made to attract attention of rescuers in the area.
The officers that were sent were armed to the teeth and ready to kill what ever was on that bridge... and they did... AK 47's and assault rifles were used by lining up across the bridge and opening fire! They were rightfully convicted of the crime of murder in the first degree of two and the shooting and wounding of four others.
A cover up of these actions had been attempted by prosecutors and others which came into the picture later and was found which has nothing to do with the valid prosecution of the police actions... on goes the circus of coverup and investagations ad nosium
"anonymous comments" This would stop if the sites required you use a title attached to your face book page. When I read a posting and the user has no name , no picture or any ID as to who they really are, I dismiss the post. If they can't ID them selves then their words should also be dismissed. The Obama admin has created many jobs by paying these trolls to post on conservative wed sites.
So what? The Executive Branch is positively unconcerned about either the Judicial or Legislative Branches, the Constitution or the Laws. What is anyone going to do about it?
In my mind anyone contemplating a career in law enforcement should take a good hard look at
their decesion. If I were a cop it would be a cold day in hell before I would venture into certain
neighborhoods and I definetly not go into many of them. The people demenstrating agains
the policd will get the police protection they seed and deserve. I seem to rec all groupls of 1880s
citizens in Montana taking care of their problem themselves
I am truly sorry folks but this is just the way the Obama department of Justice rolls. Research it.