New Orleans Lawmaker: Rename Danziger Bridge


Salon Staff
March 1, 2012 3:45PM (UTC)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A New Orleans lawmaker wants to rename the notorious Danziger Bridge, the site of deadly police shootings after Hurricane Katrina.

Democratic Rep. Wesley Bishop has proposed a bill to name the span the Madison-Brissette Memorial Bridge, after the two men who were killed: 17-year-old James Brissette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison, a mentally disabled man.

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Four others were wounded in the shootings on the bridge.

Five current or former New Orleans police officers were convicted of civil rights violations stemming from the shootings, which involved a cover-up plot to make it appear police were justified.

Lawmakers will consider the renaming proposal in the legislative session that begins March 12.


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