The attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police says the ruling Tuesday in the Danziger Bridge case "vindicates" a lot of the members of the New Orleans Police Department.
Raymond Burkhart told Rush Radio's Denny Schaffer Wednesday, "Judge Engelhardt's ruling vindicates a lot of our officers who worked their asses off to save people and rescue people and do all of the right things during Hurricane Katrina under the most extreme of circumstances and continue to do so today."
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered a new trial for five former New Orleans police officers convicted of civil rights violations stemming from deadly shootings on the Danziger bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
In a 129-page ruling, Engelhardt said at least three government attorneys posted anonymous comments on a New Orleans newspaper's website, creating a "carnival atmosphere" that perverted justice in the case.
Burkhart, a guest on the Denny Schaffer Show, also said, "I don't think the police department was perfect and it never will be, it's always an evolving animal. However, it's not the brutal bunch of thugs that these people tried to make our officers out to be."
Burkhart also said he believes all the information about what happened on the bridge did not come out during the first trial.