Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
The Justice Department announced today that five officers from the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were sentenced in connection with the federal civil rights prosecution of a police-involved shooting that occurred on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, leaving two innocent civilians dead and four others seriously wounded. The defendants were also sentenced for their roles in an extensive cover-up of the shooting U.S. District Court Judge Kurt Englehardt imposed long prison sentences on the four officers who were involved in the shooting on the bridge.
He sentenced those four officers as follows:
Sergeant Kenneth Bowen was sentenced to 40 years in prison;
Sergeant Robert Gisevius was sentenced to 40 years in prison;
Officer Robert Faulcon was sentenced to 65 years in prison;
and Officer Anthony Villavaso was sentenced to 38 years in prison.
The fifth officer, Sergeant Arthur “Archie” Kaufman, was a supervisor who was not involved in the shooting, but who helped the other officers cover up what they had done. Kaufman was sentenced to six years in prison. To read more, click here.