NOLA Mayor: Settlements in Katrina police shootings cases

FILE PHOTO New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu speaks before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak at Andrew P. Sanchez Community Center in New Orleans, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, for the 10th anniversary since the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – New Orleans’ mayor says he will announce the settlement of civil rights lawsuits over deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina.

A news release Monday says Mayor Mitch Landrieu would make the announcement later in the day. A spokeswoman for the mayor’s office says the settlements resolve lawsuits over the deaths of three people who were killed in two separate police shootings after the 2005 hurricane and a fourth person who was fatally beaten by an officer shortly before the storm struck.

A total of 20 New Orleans police officers were charged in a series of Justice Department civil rights investigations following Katrina.

Eleven officers pleaded guilty to charges related to deadly shootings on a bridge less than a week after Katrina struck.

 

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