Aug 13, 2010 9:24 PM by Alison Haynes
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Justice Department has opened a new civil
rights investigation into the alleged beating of two men by New
Orleans Police in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
Justice Department spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa (So-chi
E-no-ho-sa) on Friday told the Associated Press that federal
authorities are investigating the alleged beatings of Ernest Bell
and Robert Williams. She declined to elaborate.
The investigation follows a series of articles published in The
Times-Picayune in which several NOPD officers scuffled with
journalists who witnessed parts of a violent confrontation between
police and two handcuffed men, according to the first-person
accounts of Times-Picayune city editor Gordon Russell and Canadian
journalist Lucas Oleniuk.
The new inquiry brings the number of federal civil rights probes
of the NOPD to at least nine.
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