Expert Witness in Danziger Trial Testifies Police Shot at Dead Man
A government expert witness testified one of the victims in the Danziger police shooting case was already dead, yetofficers fired on him at least three more times, that from Renowned Forensic Pathologist Dr. Vincent DiMaio.
Dr. Dimaio told the jury 17 year old James Brissette was first shot in the back of the head as he tried to take cover behind a barricade along the pedestrian walk way on the Danziger Bridge six days after Hurricane Katrina.
Dimaio said someone stood over Brissette and shot him three more times.
Brissette and 40 year old Ronald Madison were killed. Four others were seriously wounded.
The government was trying to show that at least the four officers standing trial fired on unarmed civilians who were no threat during the dark days of Katrina.
The officers contend they were returning fire, because they were being assaulted with shots fired at them.
So far in the three week long trial there’s been no evidence to support the victims fired on the officers.
Evidence has shown there was gun fire as they arrived on the scene, but not particularly aimed at them.
The defense will begin telling its side of the story next week.