New Orleans Mayor Seeks Settlements in Danziger Bridge, Henry Glover Shooting Cases
(ATL Black Star) New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is looking to settle a slew of civil rights claims against the city stemming from a pair of lawsuits that accuse News Orleans police of committing notorious acts of violence against civilians after Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago.
One of the cases concerns NOPD Officer David Warren, who fatally shot 31-year-old Henry Glover at an Algiers strip mall as he shopped for clothes for his baby. The suit also involves another officer’s attempt to cover up Warren’s crime by torching Glover’s body in a car found along the Mississippi River levee.
Just two days later, New Orleans police shot and killed James Brissette, 17, and mentally disabled man Ronald Madison, 40, on the Danziger Bridge. Both were unarmed. Four others were wounded in the onslaught of police gunfire but survived.
According to The New Orleans Advocate, the police shootings and alleged cover-up resulted in criminal prosecutions and court-ordered police reforms. However, the families of the shooting victims have yet to receive civil damages or any other form of payment from the lawsuits.
But Landrieu said he and his administration are working to rectify the situation. The mayor recently asked the 15 plaintiffs in both cases to document their losses and/or medical expenses and submit their proposed settlement figures, the paper reports. Landrieu said he hopes to find a resolution to the issue by the end of this year.
The mayor also suggested the potential settlements last week during an interview with The New Orleans Advocate. In it, he said he would use a portion of the $20 million earmarked in his recommended budget to pay off the heap of civil suits against the city of New Orleans.