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New Orleans officer convicted of lying

Charges centered on fatal shooting after Katrina

Danny Brumfield’s body lay covered in front of the New Orleans convention center Sept. 3, 2005. Danny Brumfield’s body lay covered in front of the New Orleans convention center Sept. 3, 2005. (Erica Gay/Associated Press/File)
By Michael Kunzelman
Associated Press / December 10, 2011
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A New Orleans police officer was convicted yesterday of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city’s convention center following Hurricane Katrina, but a jury acquitted the officer’s partner of related charges. Officer Ronald Mitchell, who shot and killed 45-year-old Danny Brumfield with a single shotgun blast in September 2005, was found guilty of one count of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury for lying when he said he left his patrol car after the shooting and checked for Brumfield’s pulse.

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