Wednesday, April 04, 2012

New Orleans cops sentenced for Katrina shootings

Making national headlines this afternoon, i.e. Bloomberg:
Four New Orleans police officers were sentenced to 38 to 65 years in prison for convictions including violating the civil rights of two people killed a week after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005.
Remember that just a few years ago, no one had even heard of the Danziger Bridge shootings. Right now, it's leading

Time to quote my favorite poetry on this. Rebecca Solnit, writing in The Nation, upon the 5-year anniversary of the storm:
The widely told initial version of Hurricane Katrina was a lie and a slander, based on rumors and racism, and it's been falling apart steadily ever since. For the past two years an antithetical version has been overtaking it, one that tells the real story of who went crazy and who was in danger in the days after the hurricane. It has gained more ground than I ever imagined it would, and the history books may yet get this one right.


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