Corruption

New Orleans Cop Admits Coverup

The whole edifice of police secrecy could soon crumble: A second New Orleans police officer pleaded guilty on Thursday to helping cover up alleged police shootings of civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina. Former officer Jeffrey Lehrmann admitted in federal court that he failed to report a coverup in the investigation of the shootings on Danzinger Bridge, helped to compile a false report of the crime, and was with other officers when they planted a gun on the scene. Two people were killed and four wounded in the shootings on September 4, 2005. In February, another former cop, Michael Lohman, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice.