By The Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A forensic pathologist has testified that a teenager gunned down by police on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina was shot at least three times while lying face down on the ground after he was fatally wounded by a shotgun blast to the head.
Dr. Vincent Di Maio’s testimony Thursday at the federal trial of five current or former officers charged in the deadly Danziger Bridge shootings supports prosecutors’ allegations that police shot unarmed, wounded people who posed no threat and sought cover behind a concrete barrier.
Di Maio, a government witness, said 17-year-old James Brissette was shot at least six times with at least three different weapons. He said a shotgun blast to Brissette’s head would have immobilized him before three other shots further wounded him.