Plea may end case dealing with post-Katrina police violence

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A former New Orleans police officer accused in the cover-up of shootings that killed two people after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is set to change his plea.

The hearing Friday for Gerard Dugue comes a day after federal prosecutors reduced felony charges against him to a single misdemeanor.

He’s accused in the cover-up of police shootings that killed two people at New Orleans’ Danziger bridge. His trial had been scheduled to start Monday.

Five other former police officers pleaded guilty earlier this year: four in connection with the shootings; one for a role in the cover-up.

A guilty plea would end a criminal case that roiled the New Orleans Police Department after Katrina.

The city and the U.S. Justice Department agreed to a reform plan in 2012.

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