Sherrel Johnson, mother of James Brisette, who was killed on the Danziger Bridge after Hurricane Katrina, speaks to reporters after former New Orleans police officer Michael Hunter pled guilty in connection with a police coverup of their …
Updated: Friday, 16 Apr 2010, 2:18 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 16 Apr 2010, 2:16 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A fourth New Orleans police officer has been charged with helping cover up a deadly police shooting of unarmed civilians in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
A court filing Friday charges the officer, Robert Barrios, with conspiring to obstruct justice after police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.
Barrios allegedly provided a false account of the shootings to homicide detectives investigating the case.
Three former officers already have pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up to make it appear that the shootings were justified.