no "snipers" on New Orleans bridge during Katrina

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no "snipers" on New Orleans bridge during Katrina

Postby hmm » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:01 am

<!--EZCODE AUTOLINK START--><a href=",0,2395328.story?coll=la-home-headlines"></a><!--EZCODE AUTOLINK END--><br><br><!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote><strong><em>Quote:</em></strong><hr>November 24, 2005<br><br>Doubts Now Surround Account of Snipers Amid New Orleans Chaos<br>By James Rainey, Times Staff Writer<br><br>NEW ORLEANS — Even in the desperate days after Hurricane Katrina, the news flash seemed particularly sensational: Police had caught eight snipers on a bridge shooting at relief contractors. In the gun battle that followed, officers shot to death five or six of the marauders.<br>~snip~<br>But nearly three months later — and after repeated revisions of the official account of the incident and a lowering of the death toll to two — authorities said they were still trying to reconstruct what happened Sept. 4 on the Danziger Bridge. And on the city's east side, where the shootings occurred, two families that suffered casualties are preparing to come forward with stories radically different from those told by police.<br><br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>A teenager critically wounded that day, speaking about the incident for the first time, said in an interview that police shot him for no reason, delivering a final bullet at point-blank range with what he thought was an assault rifle. Members of another family said one of those killed was mentally disabled, a childlike innocent who made a rare foray from home in a desperate effort to find relief from the flood.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br><br>The two families — one from New Orleans East and solidly middle class, the other poorer and rooted in the Lower 9th Ward — have offered only preliminary information about what they say happened that day. Large gaps remain in the police and civilian accounts of the incident.<br>~snip~<br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Although not disclosed by police, one of the dead was the mentally retarded man, 40-year-old Ronald Madison, family and friends said. The other was a 19-year-old man. Four others were injured: Leonard Bartholomew, 44; his wife, Susan, 39; their daughter, Leisha, 17; and their nephew, Jose Holmes Jr., 19.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--><br>~snip~<br><!--EZCODE BOLD START--><strong>Police officers in those unsteady days appeared far from standard issue. Many were out of uniform, and some carried their own "toys" — hunting rifles, AK-47s, carbines — one officer said in an earlier interview.</strong><!--EZCODE BOLD END--> Their police pistols had become useless when they ran out of ammunition.<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END--><br><br>much more in this 3 page article.... <p></p><i>Edited by: <A HREF=>hmm</A> at: 11/24/05 7:02 am<br></i>
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