Mayor Mitch Landrieu issued the following statement after a federal jury returned guilty verdicts in the Danziger Bridge case:
“The verdicts in the Danziger Bridge trial provide significant closure to a dark chapter in our city’s history. We now have an opportunity to turn the page and to heal.
“With these verdicts, the American justice system delivered a clear message that no one stands above the law and that police abuse and misconduct will not be tolerated.
“Today, we reaffirm our commitment to change. The citizens of New Orleans deserve nothing less than a police department that truly protects and serves – one that partners with the community to keep New Orleans safe.
“Our heartfelt apologies and prayers are with the families of James Brissette, Ronald Madison, Leonard Bartholomew III, Susan Bartholomew, Lesha Bartholomew, Jose Holmes, Jr., and Lance Madison.”
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas also released a statement:
“Today's verdict reaffirms our belief and support of the justice system. While a terribly dark chapter of the NOPD has closed, these verdicts and those in the Glover case, reaffirm that a small number of NOPD personnel created great pain for the victims of their crimes. They also forever tainted many men and women of the NOPD who gave their all and gave so much each day during Katrina. We look to the future and the continued rebuilding of the NOPD. We will continue to recognize that we must take the first steps to heal our relationship with the people of New Orleans. Our commitment is unwavering.”