Danziger Bridge Cover-Up Cop’s Sentencing Delayed

Former NOPD officer Jeffrey Lehrmann faces three years in prison for helping cover up the deadly post-Katrina shooting.

By Julianne Hing Sep 17, 2010

Folks who are waiting for justice in the 2005 post-Katrina New Orleans Police Department shooting incident on Danziger Bridge will have to wait until Sept. 22 for a verdict.

Former NOPD officer Jeffrey Lehrmann was the first of a set of five police officers to confess to his involvement in a cover-up of the events that took place on the Danziger Bridge on Sept. 2, 2005, when the NOPD shot six people, two who died. In their formal police reports, officers maintained that they arrived on the hectic scene to calls of shots being fired at police, and that they opened fire only after they were shot at first. Eyewitnesses insist that none of the people who were shot were armed. And yet for years the NOPD engaged in an elaborate cover-up to hide any wrongdoing.

The Times-Picayune reports that Lehrmann pleaded guilty to one count of concealing knowledge of a federal crime, and admitted that he and another police officer went to go find a gun to plant on the scene, and later fabricated the existence of two witnesses in their police reports.

Lehrmann was set to be sentenced this week until U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk pushed his sentencing date back until next week. The Department of Justice, which has nine ongoing investigations against NOPD for separate incidents of misconduct over the years, asked that Africk wait to sentence Lehrmann until he and his other police officers testified together. Judge Africk denied their request. The trial for the other NOPD officers involved in the Danziger Bridge incident has been set for June 2011.

Today Lehrmann is employed as an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Arizona.