In 2005 Hurricane Katrina swept New Orleans, causing widespread devastation. The New Orleans police however were not concerned with this devastation and just a week after the hurricane shot at 6 people who were unarmed on the Danzigar Bridge. Two of the six died.
The crime created a great sensation and everybody was concerned about the troubled police department. In fact it became the centre piece of the Justice departments attempt to clean up the Police department.
US district judge Hurt Engelhardt heard the testimony of tens of people including the victims and their families. On trial were 5
After hearing the testimony for hours a jury went into deliberation against the 5 police officers who were Kenneth Bowen, Robert Gisevius, Anthony Villavaso and Robert faulcon. A fifth policeman who was called from retirement to help crack the case was also made an accused, because of his attempt to make a cover up of the shooting. He was Sgt Arthur Kaufman.
The sentences given were from 6 years to 65 years. The severity of the sentences shows that US justice is not something to be taken lightly. Kaufman got 6 years and it was the lightest sentence. Out of the others Robert Faulcon got 65 years and the other s got 40 years. As it stands all these will spend the rest of their lives in jail.
America is a troubled land and perhaps these sentences are the American justice department’s way of cleaning up the corrupt. Perhaps India could take a leaf out of this episode as custodial deaths and firings and killings by Police hardly attract any conviction.