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9 years later, Glover case comes to end

  // Saturday, 16 August 2014 21:19 //

It started with bags of charred bones, some dogged journalism and, three years after the smoke had cleared from the Algiers levee, an almost unfathomable tale of barbaric violence and corruption wrought by New Orleans police.

It all but ended on Friday with this: a single ex-officer held criminally accountable in the Henry Glover case and lingering questions about whether federal prosecutors went too far in suggesting a broad police conspiracy — or perhaps not quite far enough.

The name of Henry Glover — a 31-year-old unarmed man who was shot by a cop on Sept. 2, 2005, set aflame by another officer while prone in the backseat of a Chevy Malibu on the levee, then left unidentified for years — became shorthand for the image of a police force having come unglued in the heat and carnage after Hurricane Katrina, exposing a morally empty core.

Heads rolled in the department — as high up as then-Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo — over a failure to investigate what happened.

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