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Judge Sentences Man to 10 Years in Racist Hurricane Katrina Shooting

HeadlineFeb 18, 2019

In Louisiana, a judge handed down a 10-year prison sentence to Roland Bourgeois Jr., a white man who shot three black men in 2005 as they were trying to evacuate Hurricane Katrina-ravaged New Orleans. In October, Bourgeois pleaded guilty to the hate crime—admitting he shot the men because of their race. At the time, he reportedly told a black neighbor, “Anything coming up this street darker than a brown paper bag is getting shot.”

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