Aug 2, 2011 6:09 PM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jurors are expected to begin deliberations on Wednesday in the trial of five current or former police officers for shootings on a New Orleans bridge less than a week after Hurricane Katrina struck the city.
Jurors on Tuesday listened to several hours of closing argments.
A federal prosecutor says Hurricane Katrina offers no excuses for the "carnage" on the New Orleans bridge where police shot and killed two people and wounded four others less than a week after the storm.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Theodore Carter says police had no justification for shooting unarmed, defenseless people on the Danziger Bridge, then plotting to plant a gun, fabricate witnesses and falsify reports.
But a defense attorney urged jurors to consider the "disorder, chaos and lawlessness" that gripped the flooded city after Katrina when they decide whether the officers acted reasonably in using deadly force.
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