New Orleans To Pay $13.3 For Hurricane Katrina Brutality Cases
After 11 years of waiting, families of people victimized by police following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina will now get some relief.
New Orleans MayorMitch Landrieu announced this week that the city has reached settlements totaling $13.3 million in lawsuits over the deadly police shootings that followed the storm and a fatal beating just before it.
He’s since apologized on behalf of the city and at least one victim’s family is receptive to it.
“I am hoping that in some sense the strength of these families will help the city find peace in our future,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at an afternoon news conference after a private prayer service attended by some relatives of the victims.
Landrieu said the settlements with 17 plaintiffs end all civil litigation involving those cases. It took more than 11 years because criminal cases had to be dealt with first, he said.
Sherrel Johnson, the mother of 17-year-old James Brissette, who died in the Sept. 4, 2005, shootings on the Danziger Bridge, was among the victims’ relatives on hand for Landrieu’s announcement. She said she “wholeheartedly” accepts his apology.
“Since that time, it has been an awful long and rough road. But me and my family got through it,” she said. Later, she added, “Now this is closure for me, and I can go forward … because I know the old New Orleans does not exist anymore.”
A total of 20 current or former New Orleans police officers were charged in a series of Justice Department civil rights investigations following the August 2005 storm. All but one of the cases centered on alleged police misconduct during the chaos that gripped the flooded city.
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