Danziger Bridge shooting defendant asks for prison release

Arthur Kaufman (Source: WWL-TV)
Arthur Kaufman (Source: WWL-TV)

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - One of the five defendants in the deadly Danziger Bridge shootings in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is asking to be released from prison.

WWL-TV reports former New Orleans police officer Arthur Kaufman has asked to be released from prison in Petersburg, VA in light of the trial reversal of US District Judge Kurt Engelhardt.

Attorneys for Kaufman submitted the request Thursday morning. Kaufman is asking to post a $100,000 personal surety bond.

Engelhardt ordered a new trial for the defendants convicted of shooting unarmed people on the bridge, resulting in two deaths and four injuries, as well as a cover-up to justify the shooting.

Kaufman is a former sergeant with NOPD. He was sentenced to six years in prison. He was convicted of masterminding the cover-up, which included planting a gun on the bridge and writing a bogus police report.

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