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Massacre on bridge in New Orleans?

Just happened across this on the nola.com website. Is it just going to slip under the radar screen? Sickening.
Sunday, September 04, 2005


Police Shoot 8 on New Orleans Bridge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge Sunday, killing five or six of them, a deputy chief said. Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said the shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which connects Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.
Hardly 04.Sep.2005 15:56

Mr. Groovy

It's the lead story on both the CNN and BBC Web sites. The inital report was that the cops had shot at some Corps of Engineers contractors, but the Corps now says that the people shot (by the NO police) had opened fire on their contractors.

Army Corps of Engineers contractors shot at by cops 04.Sep.2005 16:01

ap

NEW ORLEANS - Police shot and killed at least five people Sunday after gunmen opened fire on a group of contractors traveling across a bridge on their way to make repairs, authorities said.

Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people carrying guns, killing five or six.

Fourteen contractors were traveling across the Danziger Bridge under police escort when they came under fire, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers.

They were on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to help plug the breech in the 17th Street Canal, Hall said.

None of the contractors was killed, Hall said.

The bridge spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

No other details were immediately available.


what's sickening is firing on rescuers 04.Sep.2005 16:16

me2

If they actually fired on the convoy they deserved to be shot.period. But rumors rule in this nutty reality. Who knows what really came down. Anarchy's not so entertaining these days.

oh god! what was I thinking?! 04.Sep.2005 17:53

Expat

The Associated Press reported what happened. And we all know that the corporate press tells nothing but the complete and utter truth. I'm terriby sorry for even raising this issue.

Beginning of Diversion Campaign to Make N.O. P.D. Look Shoddy? 04.Sep.2005 18:56

bleep

looks like Bu$hCo. is already trying to spin the lack of response,

saying that it's local agency incompetence that was "responsible" for the disaster (and not the Feds or Bu$hCo.) and aftermath.

and why... 04.Sep.2005 21:10

Expat

...would these guys suddenly open fire on contractors walking with a police (or maybe military) escort? Obviously the police had enough firepower at their disposal to take out 8 armed people with no casualties on their side. I don't buy it. Sounds like one of those cover stories out of Iraq or Afghanistan.

New Detail 05.Sep.2005 07:47

men with guns

The first report I heard was that they "had guns." This morning I hear that one of them had a gun. Who knows if they shot or why they shot, but the image of the shooters has already changed.

why isn't corporate media covering this? 09.Sep.2005 05:10

Louisiana Purchase

I haven't found any follow-ups on what would seem to be an obviously news-worthy story. I know more about particular people who are refusing to leave New Orleans than what---if true---would be an unprecedented story. Obvioulsy the truth reflects very poorly on someone the media wants to protect. The media's failure on this one is truly baffling. Can you imagine actually accepting a police statement that "5 or 6 people were killed?" What...one of the bodies might have run away? Also, in a situation that makes heroes of actors for saving pets or singers for visiting the Morial Convention Center (certainly very noble acts), why wouldn't the now-bored media rush to produce segments on over-taxed police bravely saving lives? Has anyone seen ANY follow-up on this? I've seen at least 10 inteviews with high-ranking New Orleans Police officials (including one where someone off camera was audibly feeding lines to the spokesperson), and I haven't heard one question from the media about what would have been an incredible story. My hope is that the event did not even happen, and the coporate media does not want to draw attention to its mistake. Alternate explanations are troubling. Finally...has anyone seen confirmation of the German story that Bush's visit to a relief-distribution center was completely staged?
Thanks.

Danziger Bridge story 22.Sep.2005 12:55

anonymous

 link to ktla.trb.com

From Los Angeles...

Danziger Bridge coverup 10.Oct.2005 10:34

mike moseley mike.moseley@gmail.com

Today is Oct 10th, the incident at Danziger Bridge occured over a month ago and yet
there is not a shread of reporting about what really happened.

The press has been alseep on the job not only in this case but in their shocking lack of vigor in digging into the wmd farce that led directly into the meatgrinder that is just starting in the middle east.

Where is the 4th estate?? Why can't new organizations get out the most basic facts?

What has happened to America?