|The late Henry Glover and his daughter Nehemiah in 2005. Glover was shot and burned by 5 corrupt cops in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, who then tried to cover up their crime: Rolanda Short|
Two years after they launched the first in a series of civil rights probes into the New Orleans Police Department, which have resulted in charges against 20 officers in four separate cases to date, federal prosecutors will face their first major test in court today, as a trial begins in the shooting death of Henry Gover in Algiers after Hurricane Katrina and a shocking cover-up that allegedly followed.
Five current and former New Orleans police officers will stand trial. One is charged with shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover; two are charged with beating people who tried to help him and burning his body in a car; and two are charged with preparing a fraudulent police report about his death. FBI agents and federal prosecutors have been developing the case since early 2009, when an article first appeared about Glover's death and the discovery of his charred remains in a car on the Algiers levee days after the storm.
A federal grand jury indicted the officers in June and the case has been on a fast track to trial from the start. One of the defendants, former officer David Warren, has pushed for a speedy trial, in large part because he has been held in pretrial detention at a local jail
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