Colorlines is reporting that the trial for five New Orleans police officers charged with killing a black man in the days after Hurricane Katrina, and then later covering up his death, has kicked off this week. On Monday, attorneys gathered in New Orleans to begin jury selection, which is expected to continue today. Opening arguments are set for this afternoon. David Warren, then a rookie on the New Orleans Police Department, was charged with shooting Henry Glover from a second-floor balcony of a strip mall in Algiers. Greg McRae and Dwayne Scheuermann have been charged with beating up the men who brought Glover to a nearby police station for help. McRae and Scheuermann allegedly drove off in the car belonging to the Good Samaritan who was trying to aid Glover before they set fire to Glover's body and the car he was in and pushed it into a levy, where it was found months later. Robert Italiano Jr. and Travis McCabe have been charged with falsifying police reports to hide the killing and subsequent cover-up. All five police officers have pleaded not guilty. Hope springs eternal.

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