Sunday, February 07, 2010

FLASHBACK: Did New Orleans Police Shoot & Kill Contractors on Danziger Bridge Trying to Blow Up Levees After Hurricane Katrina?

During the post-Hurricane Katrina period, I recall hearing a story where there was an alleged shoot-out between the New Orleans Police and "contractors" on the Danziger Bridge with the police killing several of the contractors. Later, when I researched the story trying to find the original account of the event, the story had been changed to one where people were shooting at the contractors and the police ended up killing those people - not the contractors.

It is quite possible that the initial story was incorrect, but this site focuses on the conspiracy theory, so there is no story here in accepting the official story - especially because there have been allegations that someone blew up the levees causing New Orleans to flood. Therefore, it is quite possible that these "contractors" were attempting to further sabotage the levees when the police served and protected the people by taking out these contractors.

1. Why would the initial story report that the contractors had been shot and killed?

2. Who made this initial story?

3. What was this initial report based upon?

4. When the initial story was retracted, was a reason given for the retraction?

5. If the contractors were going to the bridge to fix it, then why would the police shoot and kill them?

You can read further information about this conspiracy at What Really Happened at the Danziger Bridge? The original story appears below at Aztlan:

Police Kill Five Contractors on La. Bridge

Sunday September 4, 2005 11:16 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Police shot eight people carrying guns on a New Orleans bridge Sunday, killing five or six, a deputy chief said. A spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said the victims were contractors on their way to repair a canal.

The contractors were walking across a bridge on their way to launch barges into Lake Pontchartrain to fix the 17th Street Canal, said John Hall, a spokesman for the Corps.

Earlier Sunday, New Orleans Deputy Police Chief W.J. Riley said police shot at eight people, killing five or six.

The shootings took place on the Danziger Bridge, which spans a canal connecting Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River.

No other details were immediately available.

Source: Guardian Unlimited (via Aztlan)

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