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Witness: Cop said looters 'DESERVED to be shot'

7:23 pm - 11/12/2010
Posted on Fri, Nov. 12, 2010


By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN

A former New Orleans police officer on trial for gunning down a man outside a strip mall in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath said after the shooting that looters are "animals" who "deserved to be shot," a fellow officer testified Friday.

The former officer, David Warren, is charged with fatally shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover before two other officers allegedly burned his body in a car. Prosecutors say Glover wasn't armed and didn't pose a threat, but Warren's lawyers say he thought Glover was a looter reaching for a weapon when he shot him.

Alec Brown, a former officer who left the force in 2008, testified that he and Warren argued about looters while patrolling after the 2005 hurricane. Brown said he defended people taking food, while Warren said looters "were all animals and they deserved to be shot, and that they were all destroying the city."

"I told him, 'That's not right,'" Brown said.

Six days after Glover's death, Brown found Glover's burned remains in a charred car abandoned on a Mississippi River levee near a police station. Brown said he reported it to a superior officer, Travis McCabe. McCabe is now a lieutenant with the department.

"He said that they knew about it, don't worry about it. Police need to stick together," Brown said. "I believed it was a weird statement."

Later, Brown said, he was discussing the burned body with another officer when McCabe overheard. Brown quoted McCabe telling him, "I told you we already know about it. Just leave it alone."

That didn't stop Brown from asking Warren about it later, while they shared a patrol car.

"He put his head down and said, 'I don't know, maybe it was just a looter,'" Brown said.

Four other current or former officers, including McCabe, are charged with trying to cover up Glover's death. Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann and Officer Gregory McRae are accused of burning Glover's body. Former Lt. Robert Italiano and McCabe are accused of falsifying a report to make it appear Glover's shooting was justified.

Bernard Calloway, a friend of Glover's, said he and Glover had driven to the strip mall on the morning of Sept. 2, 2005, to retrieve suitcases for a friend who had left them there. Calloway said he saw Glover lean against the truck and light a cigarette just before he heard a shot ring out and a man yell, "Leave now!"

After the shooting, a passing motorist stopped and drove Glover, his brother and Calloway to a makeshift police headquarters at an elementary school to get help. Instead, officers allegedly ordered the three men out of the car and handcuffed and beat them while Glover remained in the back seat.

William Tanner, the driver who stopped to help, testified Friday that officers used racial slurs as they ordered them out of the car and onto the ground.

All of the men in the car were black. All of the five men on trial are white.

At the school, the men pleaded for the officers to get medical attention for Glover.

"They said we were just looters," Calloway testified.

Calloway said Glover's brother, Edward King, grew angry when they didn't help and yelled, "Whoever shot my brother, I'm going to kill him!"

Tanner identified McRae as the officer who kicked him in the stomach and hit him in the head with the butt of a rifle. He identified Scheuermann as the officer who beat King. Calloway said somebody hit him in the back of the head, but he couldn't say who that was.

During cross-examination, McRae's lawyer suggested that Tanner has given different descriptions of his alleged assailant that don't match McRae, including a man with arm tattoos. McRae took off his shirt in court and showed the jury that he doesn't have tattoos on his arms.

Tanner said none of the officers at the school tried to get medical attention for Glover.

"They didn't do nothing for him. They ignored this man," Tanner said.

After the officers drove off with his car, Tanner eventually was allowed to leave. Tanner said he learned weeks later from a federal agent that his car had turned up on the levee.

comments at other sources are horrendous. basically, people think it is ok to kill looters and the cops were just doing their jobs and are basically heros. i just want to puke reading this.


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lexiloumarie 13th-Nov-2010 01:28 pm (UTC)
What happened here was horrendous, and just going off what I've heard of these men that's not in this article I would not be surprised if they'd successfully covered up other things in the past. If they can treat one of their own like I know they did, I'm not surprised at what they're doing to others.
maladaptive 13th-Nov-2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
Silver lining: Brown actually went against the other cops on this. We need more officers willing to do something like that. Of course, now he's gone, so I guess it's not so silver.
amethyst_amore 13th-Nov-2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
I think that was brave of him... Cops don't take to being turned on very well, so I can't imagine how hard that had to be for him to do the right thing.
homasse 14th-Nov-2010 12:53 am (UTC)
This was written in regards to something else, but it fits:

A Plea to Police Officers
missingalphabet 13th-Nov-2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
I might have a hard time describing what someone looked like after I got hit in the head with the butt of a rifle, too.

None of this makes sense. If he shot Glover and killed him, why did his body turned up burned somewhere? Should he have filed a correct police report and seen that his body went to the proper medical authorities?

Unfortunately, you know this article is just the precursor to all of these officers being found not guilty. Police accountability just doesn't exist.
lightbird777 13th-Nov-2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, you know this article is just the precursor to all of these officers being found not guilty.

MTE. There is no police accountability, especially when it's white police officers assaulting and killing black civilians.
nicole_anell 13th-Nov-2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
Sick to my stomach right now.
fenris_lorsrai 13th-Nov-2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
Frontline has an hour long program on the police shooting that occured during Katrina It includes several other cases as well, but you can see just the segment on Glover. They also have links to follow up articles, maps, documents, and most of the evidence that will actually be used in the trial.

It's well worth watching the whole program, but it will definitely make you want to say 'fuck the police!"
devil_ad_vocate 13th-Nov-2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
Police culture in New Orleans does not equal police culture in other cities - before or after Katrina.
tmlforsyth 13th-Nov-2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
I grew up with the NOPD being the most corrupt police force in the nation, and that is hard work to constantly beat the LAPD for that title :)
etherealtsuki 13th-Nov-2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
And the NYPD is a very close third.
autumnleaving 13th-Nov-2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
There are cops who are heroes and there are cops who aren't heroes.

These cops on trial belong to the latter. Jeebus...
browneyedguuurl 13th-Nov-2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I understand that Katrina and the aftermath was very traumatic and dificult for the people stuck in those areas with NO OUTSIDE HELP (thanks Bush, Brownie and Co.), but this is just not acceptable anywhere. When you shoot someone, kill them and BURN the body, you KNOW you are doing something wrong. It's just sad that all of this could've been avoided, but I guess shopping for shoes at Ferragamo (Condi), playing golf (Bush) and getting a birthday cake (McCasshole) were more important than actually helping save lives.
stereoscopes 14th-Nov-2010 01:30 am (UTC)
I can't remember if it was Tanner or King (I want to say Tanner) who started breaking down at the end of the Frontline episode on this incident, but it was heartbreaking, him saying he forgave the officers for beating him. This whole thing was obviously instigated and fueled by racism and corruption and he knew it, but he wanted to forgive them anyway. Powerful. Were it me, I would've been left with hate in my heart for a long time coming.
stevie_jane 14th-Nov-2010 03:28 am (UTC)
Shooting looters is nonsensical, the goods or food items they search out are all there for the taking because no shops are open, no money is available even if they were and no one will truly miss whatever is taken because if it's food it'll perish anyway and so much else will very likely be covered by insurance because flood damage really does a number on just about everything.

It's pure spite to say people in desperate need can't have something when the items are of no use to the vendors anyway. Killing people over it even if you were of the thinking it's stealing, how dare you is horrifying, it's just stuff, it can be replaced, people cannot.
aaronfreed 14th-Nov-2010 03:34 am (UTC)
well said
aaronfreed attn: Warren14th-Nov-2010 03:36 am (UTC)
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