Posted: Jan 23, 2012 8:52 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal trial opens this week for a retired New Orleans police sergeant charged with helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday for Gerard Dugue, who allegedly submitted a false report to make it appear police were justified in shooting six people, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered separate trials for Dugue and five other current or former officers who were convicted in August of civil rights violations stemming from the bridge shootings.
Dugue isn't charged in the shooting. He didn't get involved in the case until several weeks later, when the department assigned him to help another sergeant investigate.