Feds decline charges in ’09 fatal police shooting


Adolph Grimes
Adolph Grimes

source: New Orleans Advocate
published: 31 December 2014

The U.S. Justice Department has quietly closed its investigation into the controversial shooting death of a Brother Martin High School graduate six years ago, declining to pursue civil rights charges against several New Orleans police officers who fired a fusillade of bullets at the armed man in what they said was self-defense.

The decision, apparently reached last year but not previously reported, devastated the family of the slain man, Adolph Grimes III, whose relatives had rejected an earlier New Orleans Police Department inquiry that exonerated all nine officers in the 2009 shooting.

Grimes’ loved ones, still coping with grief, had hoped the involvement of the FBI might shed independent light on why a 22-year-old father with no criminal record would, as police contend, open fire indiscriminately on a team of plainclothes officers just hours after he returned to New Orleans to celebrate New Year’s with his family.

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