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New Orleans Policemen Guilty of Killing and Burning of Man

The jury convicted former Officer David Warren for shooting Glover, finding he was both responsible for the man's death and committed manslaughter. Officer Greg McRae was convicted of burning Glover's body in a car. Lt. Travis McCabe was convicted of writing a false police report about the incident and lying to federal investigators.

Immediately after the verdicts were read, prosecutor Jared Fishman asked that McRae and McCabe, who have been free on bond, be taken into custody. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk declined to rule on the request right away but scheduled a bond hearing for 9 a.m. tomorrow.


The five current and former New Orleans police officers were accused of shooting Glover, beating men who tried to help him, burning his body and covering up the incident with a false report and lies to federal investigators. McRae and Scheuermann were both cleared in the beating of two men who tried to help Glover after he was shot.
Only former officer Warren, a rookie on the force at the time of Hurricane Katrina, was accused in the shooting of Glover, a 31-year-old Algiers man. Witnesses testified that Glover and his family stayed for the storm and on Sept. 2, 2005 went to a nearby Firestone outlet and took a truck to use in evacuation.

Glover and a friend, Bernard Calloway, next drove to a nearby strip mall, where two women they knew had left suitcases they took from a Tuesday Morning store. Warren and his partner that day, Officer Linda Howard, were protecting the mall because it was also home to the 4th District's detective bureau.What happened when Glover drove up to the strip mall was a key factor for jurors to consider. Warren testified that the men roared into the back parking lot, jumping out of the truck and running toward an unlocked ground-floor gate to the mall. Fearing for his life, and spotting an object in Glover's hand that he then perceived as a weapon, Warren aimed his personal assault rifle and fired.
But government witnesses painted a very different picture of the shooting. Calloway testified that just before he heard the "pop" of a gunshot Glover had actually been leaning up against the truck, lighting a cigarette. Warren's partner that day, Officer Linda Howard, testified that he fired after the men began running away, startled by his scream for them to "get out."
Warren was charged with depriving Glover of his civil rights by shooting him, as well as using a firearm to commit a crime of violence. For the civil rights count, jurors were asked to consider multiple factors, including whether Warren was acting "under color of law," meaning in his official capacity as a police officer and whether he "willfully" deprived Glover of his rights.

To convict Warren of the weapons charge, jurors had to first find that he committed the civil rights violation and used a firearm in the process, according to U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's instructions.

Struck by a bullet, Glover ran away from the strip mall, collapsing in the street less than 100 yards away.



His brother, Edward King, flagged down a nearby motorist, William Tanner, who agreed to help get Glover medical attention. Along with Calloway, the men put Glover into the backseat of Tanner's car. Making a decision that it would take too long to get to the nearest hospital, Tanner drove Glover to a nearby school, Paul B. Habans Elementary school, where the NOPD's Special Operations Division had set up camp.
At the school, Tanner and Calloway testified that the officers handcuffed them and accused them of looting. The officers offered no help for Glover, who pictures show lay bleeding or dead in the back of a car. Tanner accused two officers, Scheuermann and McRae, of beating him and King. His testimony was corroborated by a police officer, Jeffrey Sandoz, who said he also saw his colleagues beat two men.
Scheuermann and McRae denied they beat anyone. Frank DeSalvo, McRae's attorney, pointed out during cross examination that Tanner previously identified a man with tattoos, a description that fits Sandoz, as the person who beat him.

Both Scheuermann and McRae are charged with civil rights violations for the alleged beatings.

Capt. Jeff Winn, their commanding officer, testified he checked on the man in the back of the car, determining that he was dead. He ordered McRae to move the car, with Glover's body inside, to the Mississippi River levee behind the 4th District's station. Scheuermann followed behind in a pick-up truck.

When the men got to the levee, however, McRae didn't just leave the vehicle. He tossed a flare inside. McRae testified that he alone made the decision to torch the vehicle, while Scheuermann sat in a truck on top of the levee. Prosecutors disputed that McRae acted alone.

Two other officers, Italiano and McCabe, are accused of helping cover up what happened to Glover by authoring a false report. The only supervisor to respond to the Warren shooting scene was Sgt. Purnella Simmons, who testified she did write a report about the incident three months later. But the report eventually filed into police records was not what she wrote, Simmons testified.

Simmons testified that her report was later changed, deleting that Howard did not agree with the shooting and adding language that justified the shooting. But McCabe testified that the report was actually one he helped Simmons write, not a false document cooked up after the fact. Simmons denied that she worked on the report with McCabe.

Italiano, the supervisor of the 4th District detective bureau, signed the report, but otherwise said he didn't remember the four-year-old document until after federal investigators asked about it in the spring of 2009.

Both Italiano and McCabe were accused of obstruction of justice for allegedly putting together a misleading and false report.

They were also accused of making false statements to FBI agents about the report and what they knew about the circumstances of Glover's death. Both Italiano and McCabe said their statements were misunderstood by FBI agents, who as a policy don't record their interviews with witnesses.

McCabe was also accused of perjuring himself before a grand jury. But he testified he told the grand jury the truth.

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That is fucked up ! A powertrip you suppose ?

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That is fucked up ! A powertrip you suppose ?
I was working a few days after Katrina and it was pure chaos....PURE chaos. I really do not know what to make of it all til this day. All I know is that people were shooting each other all over the metro area. People were drowning and dying and you xcould not keep up with the incidents...people of all cultures....It was surreal.

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I hope those cops end up doing death sentences in Angola and getting ass-raped, beaten and tortured by other inmates until they are executed. That is just totally wrong. I assume the cops were white and the victim was black?

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I was working a few days after Katrina and it was pure chaos....PURE chaos. I really do not know what to make of it all til this day. All I know is that people were shooting each other all over the metro area. People were drowning and dying and you xcould not keep up with the incidents...people of all cultures....It was surreal.
Katrina was a horror that some people underestimate, because they were not there. I have seen much smaller flood cause havoc, so I can only imagine what people were going though. Not my idea of a good time, and it claimed a lot of lives.

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Yep....but there were plenty of white victims also during that time. Sad to say, victims of the police.


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That's sad, you would think things would have went a little smoother, but since it didn't, people thought they could do what the hell they wanted.

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That's sad, you would think things would have went a little smoother, but since it didn't, people thought they could do what the hell they wanted.
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NEW ORLEANS -- The WDSU I-Team has obtained exclusive new video and information on the men who claim to have set up vigilante patrols in Algiers Point in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

After the storm hit in August 2005, Algiers Point was not flooded. Trees were down and power was out, but the area was largely unscathed.

Cathy Carmack never evacuated. She stayed in her home on Belleville Street the entire time.

"It was horrific, to me it was," said Carmack.

Carmack said that making matters worse was the local militia that set up shop to defend the area.

"You hear gun shots, you see them running down Belleville Street with their rifles and guns after somebody, it was like 24/7 patrol by them because there wasn't any army or police or anything," said Carmack.

One of the men who Carmack said patrolled the point was Paul Gleason, her neighbor who spoke to two police officers from Pennsylvania 12 days after the storm hit.

The interview was captured on home video obtained by the I-Team.

"Did you have any problems with looters," asked an officer.

"Not anymore," said Gleason.

"Not anymore?"

"They're all dead," said Gleason.

The officer asked, "What happened?"

"We shot them," said Gleason.

"How many did you shoot?

"Thirty-eight."

"Thirty-eight people? What did you do with the bodies?"

"We gave them to the Coast Guard," said Gleason.

Gleason told his story with a cup of red wine in one hand and riding a tractor from Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World.

Istvan Balogh and Michael Orsini are the two police officers from Pennsylvania who came to New Orleans to help provide security after the storm and interviewed Gleason.

"I got a sense he wanted to tell someone his adventure -- this is how hard it was. The emotion he was talking with was, 'Live or die, and I could do what I could do,'" Orsini said.

"We tried to shoot to put them down. We didn't try to shoot to kill. We killed a number of them," said Gleason on tape in September 2005.

Orsini asked, "How many did you kill?"

"I don't know, who cares? What the (expletive) does it matter? They chose to die, they chose to commit suicide," said Gleason."They opened up on us, so we fired back."

Donnell Herrington said he was in Algiers Point a few days after the storm when a vigilante fired at him with a shotgun.

"That makes me sick to my stomach just hearing that guy talk about how many people they shot and killed," said Herrington.

Herrington still has the scars from a gunshot wound to the back.

"We was just walking through the neighborhood," said Herrington.

Herrington said he was not looting or causing any problems.

"I just feel that was an opportunity for them to do just what they did for their own personal reasons," said Herrington.

Herrington couldn't say for sure if Gleason was the man who shot him.

"The only thing I remember him saying is a bunch of racial slurs," said Herrington.

After being shot, Herrington went for help. He ended up at West Jefferson Medical Center.

"Most of the people who stayed behind all felt the same way -- they will protect their property with any force necessary," said Balogh.

Carmack points to yard signs made by Gleason.

"He had big board signs that you'll be shot if you cross this path and things like that," said Carmack.

So WDSU asked her: Could her neighbor, Paul Gleason, kill?

"If he was drunk, yeah. I hate to say that, but yeah. That's just me personally. But I do," said Carmack.

Gleason's ex-wife confirmed to WDSU that Gleason is shown in the video tape. She told WDSU he was deported back to the United Kingdom shortly after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. She did not know exactly where Gleason is now.
His ex-wife said she does not believe Gleason killed 38 people after the storm.
New Orleans police chose not to comment on this story.

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I didnt find the video embed code but here is a link to the video page.

http://www.wdsu.com/news/20048909/detail.html

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This thread reminds me of Kindle.

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