Apr 7, 2010 5:29 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police officer has told
authorities he saw a fellow officer shoot and kick unarmed, wounded
civilians in a deadly incident on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's
The former officer, Michael Hunter, pleaded guilty Wednesday to
helping cover up the shootings on the Danziger Bridge less than a
week after the August 2005 storm.
Hunter's account of the shootings contradicts a police report
that said civilians shot at officers before they opened fire,
killing two people and wounding four others.
Two other former officers have pleaded guilty to helping cover
up the fact that police shot unarmed people, but Hunter is the
first officer to provide federal authorities with an eyewitness
account of the shootings.