Shooting Cover-Up (Video) Ex-New Orleans Officer Pleads Guilty, Danziger Bridge Shooting
By Marty Cox
Mar 12, 2010
Crime Beat New Orleans - Another ex-police officer from the city has entered a guilty plea to covering up the deadly shooting of unarmed residents after Hurricane Katrina, reports the Associated Press. Jeffrey Lehrmann is currently employed with U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcment and admitted he knew of the crime and didn't report it.
Lehrmann, 38, of Anthem, Ariz., faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The underlying crime accusation the cover up extends from is atrocious, during Katrina an event known as the 'Danziger Bridge shooting' took place. That was an incident where officers were accused of fatally shooting two people and wounding four others, all unarmed. Ronald Madison, 40, and James Brissette, 19, were killed and four others shot as they crossed the bridge in search of food.
"He accepts responsibility, and the consequences, for his actions," said Davidson Ehle, Lehrmann's attorney, according to WWL-TV in Louisiana. "Lehrmann extends his sincere apology to the Danziger Bridge victims."
Lehrmann is not accused in the shooting or the murders, only of tainting the investigation. He is the second former officer to plead guilty and agree to cooperate with federal prosecutors.
NOLA reports, "The details offered by Lehrmann about the alleged cover-up match those admitted to by former Lt. Michael Lohman, who pleaded guilty two weeks ago to conspiracy to obstruct justice."
Video and more here on the history of the terrible event, along with the current investigation by the federal government and how the two officers that have just entered pleas may be involved in that case.
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