Ex-cop pleads guilty to obstruction in La. bridge shooting


By Mary Foster
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — A 33-year-old former police officer has pleaded guilty to two federal charges related to the cover-up of the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Ignatius Hills pleaded guilty on Friday in U.S. district court to charges of conspiracy to obstruct justice and misprision of felony.

Police officers shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.

Authorities say the cover-up included a planted gun, phony witness statements and falsified police reports.

Hills is the fifth former New Orleans police officer charged with helping cover up the shootings. The other officers and one civilian pleaded guilty after working out plea bargains.

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