Ex-cop in Katrina shootings to go free pending retrial

A federal judge ordered a new trial for retired New Orleans police Sgt. Arthur Kaufman and four former officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on a bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Arthur Kaufman was convicted of participating in a cover-up related to a deadly shooting following Hurricane Katrina, but the conviction was overturned.

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered the release of a retired New Orleans police sergeant who is awaiting a new trial on charges in connection with deadly shootings on a bridge during Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered Arthur Kaufman's release Tuesday on $100,000 bond.

Kaufman has been serving a six-year sentence after a federal jury convicted him of taking part in a cover-up to make it look as though the fatal shootings of two people on the Danziger Bridge in 2005 were justified.

Engelhardt recently threw out the convictions and ordered a new trial for Kaufman and four other former officers, saying the case was tainted by prosecutorial misconduct.

The other four officers remain in prison pending their new trial.


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