Danziger Bridge jury checks out scene of shootings firsthand

Date: Jul 26, 2011

Danziger Bridge jury checks out scene of shootings firsthand

State Police and agents with the Federal Protective Service closed parts of Interstate 10 and Chef Menteur Highway this morning so that jurors in the high-stakes Danziger Bridge case could get a firsthand look at the spot where New Orleans police shot six civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt, who is presiding over the trial, now in its fifth week, announced yesterday that court would be canceled today. However, rumors abounded that the jury would be taken to the bridge today, and WDSU-TV, citing sources, reported last night that the bridge would be closed for that purpose.

Earlier this morning, the on-ramp to the westbound interstate at Downman Road was closed by State Police. A van carrying the jury was parked for a time in the right lane of the interstate headed west over the Industrial Canal.

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