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article imageEx-cop gets 25 years in killing of man after Hurricane Katrina

By Owen Weldon     Apr 1, 2011 in Crime
New Orleans - An ex-police officer in New Orleans has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of a man, as well as the burning of the man's body, shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit the region.
A federal judge sentenced David Warren, a former New Orleans police officer, to 25 years in prison for his role in the shooting death of Henry Glover, as well as the burning of Glover's body. The incident took place on September 2nd, 2005.
Warren was convicted in December of shooting Glover, without any justification. Warren shot Glover outside of a strip mall just a almost a week after Hurricane Katrina struck, according to Forbes.
Greg McRae is a current officer, and he received 17 years and three months in prison, for burning the body and obstruction of justice, according Ticklethewire.
A federal jury found Warren guilty of a civil rights violations for the shooting, while McRae was found guilty of two civil rights violations, as well as one count of obstructing justice, and one count of using fire during the commission of a felony. Glover's body was set on fire, while inside of a car, and McRae was charged with burning Glover's body.
Lance Africk is the U.S. District Judge that sentenced Warren, and Africk rejected the notion that these cases would deter police officers in the future from staying after a storm to protect the general public. After Katrina hit, a lot of police officers left the city, and this left the police department with a depleted force. The city eventually received help from the National Guard, and they prevented looting and controlled most of the city, according to the Washington Post.
Warren said that he thought Glover posed a threat to him because he had a gun, and that's why he shot Glover. Africk said that Warren's testimony was absurd.
Africk told Warren that Glover was at the mall to retrieve baby clothing, and he was not there to kill himself. Africk went on and told Warren that what he did was no mistake at all.
Prosecutors said that Glover did not have a gun, and he was not armed at all when Warren shot Glover in the back. Prosecutors also say that a good Samaritan drove Glover's body to a police compound, and that is when McRae took the vehicle and set fire to it.
There are a total of 20 current or former police officers, in New Orleans, who were charged last year, and were investigated for civil rights. This case is the first of those 20 cases to be tried.
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