New Orleans officer pleads guilty for Katrina shootings coverup

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A 33-year-old former police officer, charged with helping cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina, has pleaded guilty to two federal charges.

Ignatius Hills entered his plea Friday before U.S. District Judge Martin L.C. Feldman. Hill was charge with conspiracy to obstruct justice and misprision of felony.

Police officers shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the August 2005 storm.

Hills is the fifth former New Orleans police officers charged with helping cover up the shootings. The other officers and one civilian pleaded guilty after working out plea bargains.

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