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Attorney General Eric Holder led federal and local officials Tuesday in announcing a massive overhaul of the New Orleans Police Department, which has been plagued for years by corruption, excessive use of force, illegal searches and widespread racial discrimination.

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New Orleans police officer suspended after post on Trayvon Martinupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:25:00

A New Orleans police officer was suspended Monday without pay after he posted remarks online about slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.

Police chief: Let legal system workupdated: Tue Mar 27 2012 05:25:00

Sanford's acting police chief asks citizens to trust the legal system as they investigate the Trayvon Martin shooting.

New Orleans police arrest 17-year-old in Good Samaritan shootingupdated: Wed Feb 29 2012 01:52:00

New Orleans police have arrested a 17-year-old in connection with the shooting of a Good Samaritan who died in front of his two sons while trying to stop a carjacking.

FBI joins manhunt for carjacker who fatally shot good Samaritanupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 19:21:00

The FBI has joined New Orleans investigators in their hunt for a carjacker who shot a good Samaritan who died in front of his young sons, police said Thursday.

Good Samaritan, shot by carjacker, dies in front of his 2 sonsupdated: Thu Jan 26 2012 01:23:00

A 44-year-old New Orleans man died in front of his two sons Wednesday after he responded to a woman's screams and was shot by an apparent carjacker, according to police and family members.

New Orleans police headquarters evacuated after grenades found in car updated: Fri Jan 13 2012 06:00:00

Authorities briefly evacuated the New Orleans police headquarters after officers realized a car they had towed had live grenades in it, a spokesman said.

2 dead, more than 50 injured in New Orleans pileup updated: Thu Dec 29 2011 13:22:00

Two people were killed and more than 50 others injured Thursday in a 40-car pileup that shut down Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans, authorities said.

Two dead in 40-car New Orleans pileupupdated: Thu Dec 29 2011 13:22:00

Two people were killed and more than 50 were injured Thursday in a 40-car pileup that shut down Interstate 10 near New Orleans.

2 dead, 13 hurt in New Orleans Halloween shootingsupdated: Tue Nov 01 2011 10:33:00

Two people died and 13 others were injured in four separate shootings in New Orleans early Tuesday, including one on Bourbon Street where costumed revelers were celebrating Halloween.

Cops guilty in post-Katrina shootingsupdated: Fri Aug 05 2011 16:12:00

New Orleans police officers were found guilty of civil rights violations in shootings following Hurricane Katrina. Nicolas Cage May Be Investigated for Child Abuseupdated: Wed Apr 27 2011 12:56:00

According to a police report, the actor allegedly dropped his son at the time of his New Orleans arrest Nicolas Cage Arrested in New Orleansupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 13:12:00

The actor, charged with domestic abuse and disturbing the peace, was taken into custody early Saturday

2 New Orleans police officers convicted in 2005 beating deathupdated: Wed Apr 13 2011 14:46:00

Two New Orleans police officers were convicted Wednesday in federal court in a 2005 beating death and cover-up after initially telling investigators the victim was suffering from a drug overdose.

Justice Department launches civil rights probe of Seattle Policeupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 17:13:00

A federal investigation of the Seattle Police Department for possible excessive use of force and discriminatory policing was launched Thursday, Justice Department officials announced.

New Orleans officers sentenced in post-Katrina killingupdated: Thu Mar 31 2011 13:26:00

Two New Orleans police officers convicted last year in the killing of a man during the chaos following Hurricane Katrina were sentenced Thursday in federal court.

Federal investigation claims abuses among New Orleans policeupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 16:34:00

A federal investigation found that the New Orleans Police Department has engaged in patterns of misconduct in violation of the Constitution and federal law, the Justice Department announced Thursday.

Justice Department to reveal findings of New Orleans police probeupdated: Thu Mar 17 2011 03:27:00

The Justice Department plans to announce its findings Thursday following an investigation into allegations against the New Orleans Police Department.

Split verdicts for officers accused in post-Katrina killingupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 10:25:00

Three current and former New Orleans, Louisiana, police officers were convicted Thursday for shooting and burning a man in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina, then later trying to cover up the crime.

Glover verdict will help healupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 10:25:00

A U.S. attorney says convictions of two police officers in a post-Katrina death will help move New Orleans forward.

New Orleans officers on trial for post-Katrina deathupdated: Tue Nov 09 2010 04:50:00

Jury selection continues Tuesday in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers accused in the cover-up of the shooting and burning of a man in the chaos following Hurricane Katrina.

Back on Bourbon Streetupdated: Mon Aug 30 2010 09:36:00

CNN's Don Lemon reports on business in New Orleans from Bourbon Street and beyond.

Man accused of shooting at men fleeing Katrina pleads not guiltyupdated: Thu Aug 12 2010 20:34:00

In the chaos of Hurricane Katrina, thousands were left with little protection. And as the flood waters rose, many were left to grab on to each other to survive.

Two New Orleans police officers indicted in 2005 beating deathupdated: Thu Jul 29 2010 19:30:00

Two officers in the troubled New Orleans Police Department have been indicted in connection with the beating death of a civilian in 2005, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

Officers charged in New Orleans bridge deaths to appear in courtupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 12:05:00

Four New Orleans police officers accused of killing two men after Hurricane Katrina are scheduled to appear in federal courtrooms Friday.

Indictments announced against officers in New Orleans bridge deathsupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 14:11:00

Federal officials announced indictments Tuesday against four police officers and two supervisors in the investigation surrounding the post-Katrina deaths of civilians on New Orleans' Danziger Bridge.

New Orleans mayor asks feds to review city police forceupdated: Thu May 06 2010 21:38:00

The new mayor of New Orleans has asked the Justice Department to review the city's embattled police department.

Officer pleads guilty in post-Katrina shooting cover-upupdated: Fri Apr 30 2010 03:23:00

The fourth former New Orleans police officer pleaded guilty this week in connection with police shootings of civilians on a Louisiana bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina, authorities said.

7 injured in New Orleans shootingupdated: Sun Apr 11 2010 02:23:00

Two gunmen remain on the loose after a shooting in New Orleans, Louisiana that left seven people wounded, authorities said.

Ex-police officer admits role in cover-up of Louisiana bridge shootingupdated: Thu Mar 11 2010 17:14:00

A second former New Orleans police officer pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with police shootings of civilians on a Louisiana bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina, authorities said.

Missing exec's body found in river, police sayupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 18:01:00

The body of a missing energy executive was pulled from the Mississippi River in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday, four days after he disappeared, a police spokesman said.

Ex-cop pleads guilty in Katrina bridge shooting cover-upupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 22:58:00

A former New Orleans police lieutenant pleaded guilty Wednesday to obstruction of justice in connection with the police shootings of civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina and court documents unsealed with the plea suggest that other officers will be indicted in the case.

Witness in 2006: New Orleans cops shot man in back as he ran awayupdated: Wed Feb 24 2010 21:10:00

New Orleans police lined up "like at a firing range" and fatally shot an unarmed man in the back as he fled from them in the days after Hurricane Katrina swept ashore, a witness to the shooting told CNN.

Mardi Gras (mostly) suitable for kidsupdated: Wed Feb 10 2010 11:30:00

It has been called "The Greatest Free Show on Earth." The New Orleans, Louisiana, Mardi Gras is a celebration of culture, food, music and family. But for many adults, Mardi Gras conjures up images of drunken excess, exposed body parts and general unruly behavior -- all that on top of nowhere to use the bathroom.

New Orleans officer fired in '05 beating can go back to jobupdated: Thu Sep 17 2009 17:53:00

A New Orleans police officer who was fired after the 2005 beating of an unarmed man on Bourbon Street was ordered reinstated to his job by an appeals court, the court clerk told CNN on Thursday.

Shot in back 12 times by copsupdated: Sat Jan 10 2009 13:59:00

A family seeks answers after a police shooting in New Orleans leaves their 22-year-old son dead. Sean Callebs reports.

Family wants police charged in New Orleans killingupdated: Sat Jan 10 2009 13:59:00

As fireworks exploded over the Big Easy on New Year's Eve, 22-year-old Adolph Grimes III pulled up to his grandmother's home near the French Quarter after a five-hour drive from Houston, Texas. New Orleans Police Urge Evacuations updated: Fri Aug 29 2008 06:00:00

Police with bullhorns plan to go street to street this weekend with a tough message about getting out ahead of Hurricane Gustav: This time there will be no shelter of last resort

Housing protest gets uglyupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 04:52:00

CNN's Keith Oppenheim reports on a violent protest as New Orleans moves to demolish housing projects damaged by Katrina.

Violent protests over housing erupt in New Orleansupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 04:52:00

Protests against a City Council plan to tear down low-income New Orleans housing turned ugly Thursday, with police using pepper spray and stun guns to clear a crowd angry they weren't allowed into City Hall for the vote.

New Orleans beating victim in court updated: Wed Jan 18 2006 15:06:00

Robert Davis, the retired school teacher who was videotaped being beaten by New Orleans police officers in October, was in court on Wednesday.

New Orleans chief defends fatal shootingupdated: Wed Dec 28 2005 08:48:00

New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley said the shooting death of a knife-wielding man this week appeared justified, saying that officers followed procedure.

Police fatally shoot man in New Orleansupdated: Mon Dec 26 2005 20:58:00

Police shot and killed a 38-year-old man who had been waving a knife Monday in New Orleans, witnesses said.

Officers from across the country join forces in New Orleansupdated: Thu Sep 08 2005 10:45:00

Posted: 5:06 p.m. ET CNN's Jeff Koinange in New Orleans, Louisiana

Kinks star shot in New Orleansupdated: Mon Jan 05 2004 12:38:00

Ray Davies, the lead singer with the British rock band The Kinks, is recovering after being shot in New Orleans.

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