The victim of a shooting by New Orleans Police had a long criminial record according to Police Superintendent Warren Riley, but Riley offered no details.
An internal review will officially determine whether proper procedures were followed, Riley said, but he said all witness accounts indicate the shooting was justified. The officers who fired at the man have been reassigned pending an investigation.
The head of an independent watchdog group agreed that the shooting appeared to be justified, but said the death is another black mark for a beleaguered department.
While it may turn out that the shooting was justified in the circumstances, the fact that the victim had a long record is irrelevant.