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Sheila (wife) & Gerard Dugué

The Dugué Defense: Part 1

Deadly "Code of Inverted Silence"?

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by Firpo Carr

Online Sentinel International

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November 23, 2010, Los Angeles, California--As is reflected in the New Orleans Police Department Investigative Support Division Major Case Homicide Section, Incident Number J-05934-05, filed October 14, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., Sergeant Gerard Dugué was assigned to the case SEVERAL WEEKS AFTER Sergeant Arthur Kaufman had already conducted his shame investigation, having concocted a bogus story for each of the police officers he interviewed. It was an artfully contrived scheme to pervert justice by covering up the unjustified shooting of four innocent victims, and the murders of two innocent people, all six unarmed African American citizens of the City of New Orleans, Louisiana.

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The purpose of this installment is to clearly demonstrate that Sgt. Gerard Dugué had nothing to do with this cover-up, but was (and is) in fact yet another African American victim of a much more subtle form of "internal" police brutality against African American officers, namely, the deadly Code of Inverted Silence. The brutal facts in this series will bear this out.   

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According to the above incident report, Sgt. Kaufman and the ring of guilty officers (as well as others) carefully concealed the facts surrounding the shootings on the Danziger Bridge from Sgt. Dugué. When Sgt. Dugué dutifully and methodically interviewed guilty officers weeks after the events that occurred on Sunday, September 4, 2005, he encountered a hermetically sealed Code of Inverted Silence that would--in a twist of heart-wrenching irony--eventually lead to his own unjustified indictment on federal charges of covering for guilty officers.

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A profile of virtually every officer mentioned in the above report, particularly as he or she relates to the part of the investigation directly conducted (or not conducted) by Sgt. Dugué, will be presented in this series. In the meantime, presented herewith are the actions of Sgt. Kaufman PRIOR to Sgt. Dugué being assigned to the case:

 

(1) DAVID RYDER (profiled later): The incident report (Page 4) states that Saint Landry Parish Sheriff's "Deputy" David Ryder, a "white male, date of birth September 26, 1964," is a victim of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. The report then states: "A verbal statement was rendered to Sergeant Arthur Kaufman." (FACT: We now know that David Ryder was, in fact, not a sworn officer of the law. He was, in fact, dressed in a police uniform, posing as a sworn deputy, although he was, in fact, an ex-felon in illegal possession of a firearm. We also know that seasoned investigator Sgt. Arthur Kaufman "carefully" and "thoroughly" interviewed "Deputy" Ryder and thereafter covered up Ryder's true identity and subsequent egregious illegal actions.)

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Significantly, Sgt. Gerard Dugué is not present during the interview, and neither is there any evidence or indication whatsoever that he is aware of the cover-up.   

 

(2) ROBERT FAULCON (profiled later): Sgt. Kaufman interviews Police Officer Robert Faulcon (NOPD Seventh District), black male, date of birth December 16, 1963, who is, according to the report, a victim of Attempted Murder of a Police Officer. (Page 4 of incident report.) The report then states: "A verbal statement was rendered to Sergeant Arthur Kaufman." (FACT: Although this site previously and erroneously stated that "Faulcon confessed to lying and participating in a cover-up of the murderous events that transpired on the Danziger Bridge, and is now in federal custody," Faulcon in fact has not confessed, but is presently incarcerated while he awaits trial.)

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Significantly, Sgt. Gerard Dugué is not present during the interview, and neither is there any evidence or indication whatsoever that he is aware of the cover-up.

 

(3) MICHAEL HUNTER (profiled later): Detectives Eduardo Colmenero and Winston Harbin interviews Police Officer Michael Hunter (NOPD Seventh District), a white male, date of birth January 4, 1977, who is, as per the report (Page 4), a victim of "Attempted Murder of a Police Officer." The report also states: "A formal tape recorded statement was rendered to" said detectives. (FACT: Hunter pleaded "guilty" to lying and otherwise helping to cover up the murderous events on Danziger Bridge.)  

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Significantly, Sgt. Gerard Dugué is not present during the interview, and neither is there any evidence or indication whatsoever that he is aware of the cover-up.

 

(4) IGNATIUS HILLS (profiled later): Detective Jeffrey Lehrman interviews Police Officer Ignatius Hills (NOPD Seventh District), black male, date of birth November 4, 1976, who is, as per the report (Page 4), a victim of "Attempted Murder of a Police Officer." The report also states: "A formal tape recorded statement was rendered to" Detective Lehrman. (FACT: Hills later confessed to firing at the back of fleeing unarmed citizens and to covering up the shootings and murders having occurred on the Danziger Bridge.)

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Significantly, Sgt. Gerard Dugué is not present during the interview, and neither is there any evidence or indication whatsoever that he is aware of the cover-up.

 

(5) ANTHONY VILLAVASO (profiled later): Detectives Eduardo Colmenero and Winston Harbin interview Police Officer Anthony Villavaso (NOPD Fifth District), black male, date of birth October 12, 1976, who is, as per the report (Page 5), a victim of "Attempted Murder of a Police Officer." The report also states: "A formal tape recorded statement was rendered to" said detectives. (FACT: Villavaso has been charged and is currently in custody party because of his participation in the cover-up in connection with the murderous events that transpired on the Danziger Bridge.)

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Significantly, Sgt. Gerard Dugué is not present during the interview, and neither is there any evidence or indication whatsoever that he is aware of the cover-up.

 

(6) ROBERT BARRIOS (profiled later): Detectives DeCynda C. Barnes and Anthony Small interview Police Officer Robert Barrios (was in NOPD Fifth District but transferred to the Seventh District), black male, date of birth November 20, 1980, who is, as per the report (Page 5), a victim of "Attempted Murder of a Police Officer." The reports also states: "A formal tape recorded statement was rendered to" said detectives. (FACT: Barrios pleaded "guilty" to lying and conspiracy to cover up the murderous events that transpired on the Danziger Bridge.)

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Significantly, Sgt. Gerard Dugué is not present during the interview, and neither is there any evidence or indication whatsoever that he is aware of the cover-up.

 

(7) JENNIFER GOODENOUGH: "Police Officer Jennifer Goodenough was assigned to the Third Police District, but has since resigned from the New Orleans Police Department," says Page 6 of the report. "It is unknown if Police Officer Jennifer Goodenough was interviewed, concerning her knowledge of what occurred on Sunday, September 4, 2005."

 

Significantly, the subheading "VICTIMS" of "Attempted Murder of a Police Officer" incident report ends with this standalone sentence: "None of the law enforcement officers or relief workers sustained any injury from being fired upon."

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Well, what did the relief workers have to say when they were interviewed? The report conveniently answers (in bold print no less): "Let it be known there were relief workers who were being fired upon by the assailants, but fled the area before they could be interviewed."

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It is not difficult to ascertain why "none of the law enforcement officers or relief workers sustained any injury." No, it wasn't due to the fact that the highly dangerous "perpetrators"--as the report calls them--were "piss poor" shots (to use a Southern term); rather, it was because not a single one of these "perpetrators" had a gun.

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We now know for a certainty that the law enforcement officers and relief workers were not at all, by any stretch of the imagination, "being fired upon." Insofar as retired Sergeant Gerard Dugué is concerned, this Code of Inverted Silence threatens to send a man who, by all accounts, is completely innocent of the federal charges filed against him. Please stay tuned for Part 2 on or before December 1, 2010.

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