11 Dec 2010

Police officers convicted for Katrina killing

4:15 pm on 11 December 2010

A federal jury in the United States has convicted three New Orleans police officers over the killing of a man shortly after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city in 2005.

Former officer David Warren was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting of Henry Glover, 31.

Officer Gregory McRae was convicted of burning Mr Glover's body and Lieutenant Travis McCabe was convicted of writing a false report on the shooting.

Lt Dwayne Scheuermann and ex-Lt Robert Italiano were acquitted.

The trial was the first in a series of cases against New Orleans police officers for incidents in the aftermath of the hurricane, when thousands of desperate people were trapped in the flooded city.

Hurricane Katrina struck the city on 29 August, 2005.

The BBC reports 13 more officers are due to stand trial in other related cases - among them the murders of several unarmed civilians.