04/12/2011 RT Adam vs. The Man
Adam remembers Hurricane Katrina and the loss of liberties to U.S. citizens.
Two former police officers were sentenced to prison on Thursday in the killing of an unarmed civilian and the burning of his body in the days after Hurricane Katrina in a case that exposed the city’s troubled police department.
One of the officers, David Warren, was sentenced by Judge Lance M. Africk of Federal District Court here to 25 years and 9 months in prison for a civil rights violation resulting in the death of Henry Glover, 31. Mr. Warren was also convicted of using a firearm to commit manslaughter.
The other officer, Greg McRae, was sentenced to 17 years and 3 months for obstructing justice and other charges in the burning of Mr. Glover’s body.
On Sept. 2, 2005, Officer Warren shot Mr. Glover from the second floor of a strip mall that was being used as a police substation. Mr. Glover had been preparing to leave the city and was picking up suitcases that had been looted. He was shot as he was running away; at trial, Mr. Warren said he had fired in self-defense.
The wounded Mr. Glover was taken by a group of bystanders to a nearby school that was being used a makeshift police station. There, officers surrounded the men and handcuffed them.
Officer McRae drove off in the bystanders’ car with Mr. Glover in the back seat; he then burned Mr. Glover’s body and the car with a traffic flare.
The men were convicted in December. A third, Travis McCabe, a former lieutenant, was convicted of perjury and obstructing justice for drawing up a false police report; he has not been sentenced. Mr. Warren was ordered to pay $7,642.32 to Mr. Glover’s family for funeral expenses; Mr. McRae was ordered to pay $6,000 as restitution for the burned car.
Federal investigators began looking into Mr. Glover’s death after The Nation, in a joint investigative project with ProPublica, published an article about the killing in 2008.