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Gerard Dugué & wife Sheila

The Dugué Defense: Part 2

The Kaufman Conspiracy

(SEGMENT ONE)

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by Firpo Carr

Online Sentinel International

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CHRONOLOGICAL SEQUENCE OF INCIDENT REPORT

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November 30, 2010, Los Angeles, California--Before Sgt. Gerard Dugué was ever assigned to the case Sgt. Arthur Kaufman not only orchestrated a conspiracy to cover up the Danzinger Bridge police shootings and murders of unarmed civilians, he also stated to Detective Jeff Lehrmann, a fellow investigator, that he intended to plant a gun at the scene of the shootings and lyingly say it belonged to one of the victims. Sgt. Kaufman did in fact follow through with his plan.

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ITEM #1: Kaufman Plants a Gun

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THE INCIDENT REPORT (Item #1): "On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 Sergeant Kaufman related he proceeded to the Greyhound Bus Station, temporary site of New Orleans Police Department's Central Evidence and Property, located in the 1000 block of Loyola Avenue. Sergeant Kaufman stated he was able to turn in the gun he recovered from the scene of the shooting on the Danzinger Bridge in to Clerk Hebert. He related the gun, a Colt, .357 magnum, Model Trooper MKIII, revolver, 5 inch barrel, six (6) shot handgun, bearing serial number 84044J, was turned in and Receipt # 200519927 was assigned the weapon." (Page 17)

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THE FACTS: "[F]ormer-Detective Jeff Lehrmann will testify ... that, after obtaining a gun from his own garage, [Sgt.] Kaufman announced his intention to plant the gun in the Danziger case. Because this statement by defendant Kaufman was made during and in furtherance of a conspiracy, it is admissible not only against Kaufman, but also against all of his fellow defendants." (Government court brief, Criminal No: 10-204, filed October 26, 2010)

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The New Orleans' The Times-Picayune newspaper reports: "Sometime after a late September court hearing, Lehrmann described traveling to Kaufman's house along with two sergeants involved in the shooting, Bowen and Sgt. Robert Gisevius. All of the officers are identified only by their role in the case--such as ‘Investigator' or ‘Sergeant A' but their identities are clear when referenced against police documents describing either their role in the NOPD probe or the shooting itself.

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"At his house, Kaufman went into his garage and pulled a bag out of a storage container, Lehrmann said. When Lehrmann asked what was in the bag, Kaufman replied, ‘a ham sandwich.' But when Lehrmann looked into the bag he saw a revolver, which Kaufman assured him was 'clean,' meaning it could not be traced. The gun was entered into police evidence with a citation that Kaufman picked it up from the Danziger Bridge scene on Sept. 5, the day after the shooting."

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DUGUÉ IN THE DARK: There is no evidence whatsoever that Sgt. Dugué, who, again, was later assigned as an investigator, knew of Sgt. Kaufman's illegal actions. What is more, neither Kaufman nor Lehrmann ever states that Dugué knew of Kaufman's actions, or was in on or covering these actions up.

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Moreover, it should be noted that Kaufman never confided in Dugué as he did fellow investigator Lehrmann and other co-conspirators. On the contrary, both Kaufman and Lehrmann (and all other co-conspirators) kept said incriminating information and illegal activities from Dugue'.

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ITEM #2: Kaufman's "Initial" Report

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THE INCIDENT REPORT (Item #2): "A copy of the initial incident report by Sergeant Arthur Kaufman under New Orleans Police Department item number J-05934-05 and dated 9/4/05 will be placed in the case file for future reference and should be considered self explanatory." (Page 17)

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THE FACTS: Sgt. Kaufman had already filed a fraudulent "initial" incident report the date of the Danzinger Bridge incident with the exact same number as the one that's being held against Sgt. Dugué.

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DUGUÉ IN THE DARK: Kaufman completed the cover-up before Dugué ever got the case. Dugué was a spectator, reading about the Danzinger Bridge shooting in the news like everyone else while Kaufman contrived a conspiracy.

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By the time Dugué was assigned, all the conspirators--but especially Kaufman, thought to be the ringleader--had spent hours rehearsing their stories and deemed them airtight (or so they thought). The entire affair was an open-and-shut case. Dugué was a nonfactor. The fewer conspirators involved, the better. The conspiracy was a lock while Dugué got what he and the world thought were factual details on television.

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After all the above occurred (after ITEMS 1 and 2 transpired) the report then reads: "A joint investigation then ensued with Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman." Now comes Dugué! What happens next?

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Stay tuned for Part 3, to be posted on or before December 10, 2010.

 

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