Officer kept quiet about post-Katrina shooting

May 22, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, May 22 (UPI) -- A document that shows a New Orleans police sergeant only talked about a post-Katrina police shooting in 2010 raises questions about the department's response.

Sgt. Lesia Mims discussed the killing of Henry Glover when she was interviewed by the FBI, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. She said five years after the fact she had known about problems with the shooting since shortly after it happened, the newspaper said, citing an FBI document.

Three officers were convicted of shooting Glover or covering it up, although one later won an appeal. Glover, 31, was found in a burned-out car, his body burned.

Last year, the New Orleans Police Department closed its internal investigations into police misconduct after the 2005 hurricane and attempts to cover up wrongful shootings. A number of officers who failed to report misconduct were fired or retired.

The Times-Picayune said it had not been able to determine if the FBI gave the department information about Mims.

Mims, who has been with the department 23 years, is married to a police lieutenant. She was promoted to the Public Integrity Bureau, which investigates police misconduct, after the Glover shooting.

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