Sunday Edition: Danziger Trial Preview


Posted on June 19, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 19 at 3:55 PM

Dennis Woltering / Eyewitness News

NEW ORLEANS - The trial of five current and former New Orleans police officers charged in the Danziger Bridge shooting that left two people dead and four others injured starts this week.

The much anticipated trial is finally set to start this Wednesday and expert analysis of what's at stake and what prosecutors will have to prove was discussed Sunday.

The police shooting of innocent civilians took place in the chaotic days after Hurricane Katrina.

It left two people dead, James Brisette, 17, and Ronald Madison, 40, and four others seriously wounded.

The accused are: 

  • Sergeant Kenneth Bowen accused of repeatedly firing at unarmed civilians and aiding in the cover-up.
  • Former Officer Robert Faulcon accused of shooting at James Brisette and shooting Ronald Madison multiple times in the back.
  • Sergeant Robert Gisevius accused of shooting at James Brisette and others and aiding in the cover-up.
  • Officer Anthony Villavaso accused of shooting at James Brisette and others.
  • Sergeant Arthur Kaufman, the lead investigator of the shooting, allegedly planted a gun at the scene and wrote a false report about the shooting that included fictional witnesses. Kaufman is the only defendant not in federal custody.

The prosecution will be armed with testimony from six other defendants who have already pleaded guilty in the case.

Channel 4 Danziger trial analyst and former federal prosecutor Donald Chick Foret and former U.S. Attorney Harry Rosenberg gave some perspective on the key elements of this case Sunday.