3 Cops Found Guilty in Post-Katrina Killing

'Hurricane Katrina didn’t turn petty theft into a capital offense'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2010 10:43 PM CST
Henry Glover's mother talks to reporters with family and supporters outside the courthouse in New Orleans.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Three New Orleans police officers have been found guilty in the death of a man who was shot and had his body burned in the days after Hurricane Katrina. David Warren was found guilty on manslaughter in the death of Henry Glover and two other officers were found guilty on charges including perjury and obstructing justice, the New York Times reports. Two other officers were acquitted.

Warren claimed that he shot Glover, who was unarmed, in self-defense, but his partner testified that he shot the man in the back as he fled. After a passing motorist took Glover to a school police were using as a base, his car was seized and set on fire with the body inside. Prosecutors described Warren as having been eager to use his expensive personal assault rifle and stressed that the rule of law was never abandoned in the chaotic days after Katrina. "Hurricane Katrina didn’t turn petty theft into a capital offense," a prosecutor said.

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