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Danziger Bridge Cop Reports To Prison

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A former police officer who pleaded guilty to helping cover up the deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina has started serving a five-year prison sentence.

A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons says 31-year-old Robert Barrios reported Monday to a minimum-security prison camp in Beaumont, Texas. Barrios is one of five former officers who pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up to make it appear police were justified in shooting six people - killing two - on the Danziger Bridge several days after the 2005 storm. The other four former officers already started serving prison terms.

Five current or former officers who were convicted in August of civil rights violations stemming from the shootings are scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 14.

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