Source: M. Alex Johnson / NBC News
A former New Orleans police officer who was convicted three years ago of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a man after Hurricane Katrina was found not guilty Wednesday by a second jury.
“I took the action I had to take,” David Warren told reporters after the verdict. “I still believe the actions I took that day were the proper actions.”
Warren, 50 — who served more than three years in prison in the death of Henry Glover, 31, in September 2005 — was acquitted of civil rights and firearm charges in federal court in Metairie, La. His 26-year sentence from his manslaughter conviction was overturned on appeal last year, leading to the retrial.
The initial conviction had been seen as a sign that New Orleans was moving on after the deep divisions Katrina exposed in the community. When the acquittal was announced Wednesday, Glover’s friends and relatives erupted, crying and screaming about what they said was an injustice.
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