Two former police officers were sentenced to prison on Thursday in the killing of an unarmed civilian and the burning of his body in the days after Hurricane Katrina in a case that exposed the city’s troubled police department.
One of the officers, David Warren, was sentenced by Judge Lance M. Africk of Federal District Court here to 25 years and 9 months in prison for a civil rights violation resulting in the death of Henry Glover, 31. Mr. Warren was also convicted of using a firearm to commit manslaughter.
The other officer, Greg McRae, was sentenced to 17 years and 3 months for obstructing justice and other charges in the burning of Mr. Glover’s body.
On Sept. 2, 2005, Officer Warren shot Mr. Glover from the second floor of a strip mall that was being used as a police substation. Mr. Glover had been preparing to leave the city and was picking up suitcases that had been looted. He was shot as he was running away; at trial, Mr. Warren said he had fired in self-defense.
The wounded Mr. Glover was taken by a group of bystanders to a nearby school that was being used a makeshift police station. There, officers surrounded the men and handcuffed them.
Officer McRae drove off in the bystanders’ car with Mr. Glover in the back seat; he then burned Mr. Glover’s body and the car with a traffic flare.
The men were convicted in December. A third, Travis McCabe, a former lieutenant, was convicted of perjury and obstructing justice for drawing up a false police report; he has not been sentenced. Mr. Warren was ordered to pay $7,642.32 to Mr. Glover’s family for funeral expenses; Mr. McRae was ordered to pay $6,000 as restitution for the burned car.
Federal investigators began looking into Mr. Glover’s death after The Nation, in a joint investigative project with ProPublica, published an article about the killing in 2008.