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Katrina Shooting Reclassified As Homicide

The fatal shooting of a man shortly after Hurricane Katrina by a New Orleans police officer has been reclassified as a homicide. Former officer David Warren was acquitted by a jury in 2013. Former officer Gregory McRae was sentenced to 17 years in prison for setting Henry Glover’s body on fire in what prosecutors called a cover-up.

Although court testimony did not dispute that Warren pulled the trigger, Glover’s cause of death was still listed as “undetermined” for a number of years.

Glover’s body was found inside a vehicle that was set on fire in Sept. 2005. A federal investigation determined that the unarmed man was shot with a rifle by Warren. The jury later ruled the act to be “an appropriate use of force.”

“After a review of all available evidence and a review of court transcripts, it is my obligation to reclassify the death of Henry Glover,” New Orleans Coroner Jeffrey Rouse said in a statement released Wednesday. “This action today reflects my medical opinion, based upon the totality of the evidence, that the death of Henry Glover was due to the actions of another person.”

The legal implication of the reclassification remains unclear since it is a medical, not judicial determination. The local district attorney’s office said have no comment until it reviewed the coroner’s report.

For years, Glover’s family have sought justice. They’ve called on local officials to file murder charges in connection to his death. An attorney representing Warren said he expects the reclassification to homicide to have “no effect” on his client.