NOLA: Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting 3 Black Men After Hurricane Katrina

HeadlineOct 19, 2018
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A white man who shot three black men as they were evacuating Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans has pleaded guilty to a hate crime— admitting he shot the men because of their race. Roland Bourgeois reportedly told his neighbor, “Anything coming up this street darker than a brown paper bag is getting shot.” The case is one of several high-profile, racism-fueled crimes that took place in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. In 2016, four former New Orleans police officers pleaded guilty to shooting six unarmed black civilians on the Danziger Bridge days after Hurricane Katrina, killing two and wounding the four others.

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