The Pendleton Panther

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty for Katrina Shootings

Posted on: February 24, 2010

Former police Lt. Michael Lohman is charged with helping to cover up police shootings after Hurricane Katrina.

When disaster strikes, people look for someone to be dependant on.  Someone that is going to help them through this tough time and guide them in the right direction.  For example, after Hurricane Katrina, with thousands of people killed, others were looking for family, deceased bodies of loved ones, and maybe even some food to eat.  Police Officers are what normal people look to for when they need help.  Just days after Katrina struck, cops were roaming through the city of New Orleans is search to just help people out.  But a few cops took this as an opportunity to obstruct justice and become killers.  The shooting happened on September 4, 2005, just days after Hurricane Katrina roared ashore on the Gulf Coast.  Responding to a call for assistance, a couple officers drove to the bridge and encountered six civilians who were walking to get food and supplies.  The officers open fired, killing 19-year-old James Brissette and injuring four others, according to the indictment.  The officers tried to cover up what they did, but have finally just now been charged with murder and obstruction of justice.

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