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Gerard Dugué & wife Sheila

The Dugué Defense: Part 3

The Kaufman Conspiracy

(SEGMENT TWO)

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by Firpo Carr

Online Sentinel International

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REPORT SHOWS DUGUÉ ODD MAN OUT

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December 10, 2010, Los Angeles, California--Although the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) incident report calls it a "joint investigation" conducted by Sgts. Arthur Kaufman and Gerard Dugué a close examination of said report reveals that it really is a singular report by Kaufman.  What follows shows that when Dugué was introduced as an investigator, Kaufman had already interviewed the principals and colluded with them in covering up the unauthorized, unwarranted, illegal shootings and coldblooded murder of innocent unarmed African Americans on the Danzinger Bridge on September 4, 2005.

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(1)   KENNETH BOWEN (profiled later): Sergeants Kaufman and Dugué interviewed Sergeant Kenneth Bowen (NOPD Seventh District), a white male, date of birth December 14, 1973, who is, according to the report, a victim of "Attempted Murder of a Police Officer." (Page 4 of incident report.) The report also states on page 4: "A formal tape recorded statement was rendered to Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman."

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DUGUÉ IN THE DARK: For the first time in the report Dugué is introduced as an investigative interviewer on page 4. This gives the impression that he was part of the investigation from the beginning. However, according to the report, Dugué didn't interview Bowen until nearly five months later, whereas Kaufman interviewed him the day of the shooting; the same day Kaufman is accused of having planted a gun on the bridge.

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The incident report states: "At about 2:51PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman obtained a formal tape recorded statement from Sergeant Kenneth Bowen. The statement was obtained in a trailer on the site of the flood damaged Seventh District Police Station, which is located at 10101 Dwyer Road." (Page 34 of incident report.)

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The same report states: "The formal tape recorded statement rendered to Sergeants Dugué and Kaufman, which ended at 3:11PM, basically corroborated the initial verbal statement rendered to Sergeant Kaufman on September 4, 2005. The gist of the verbal statement is listed on pages 19 and 21 of this report." (Page 34 of incident report.)

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THE SITUATION IN A NUTSHELL: Yes, Dugué and Kaufman interviewed Bowen on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, but Kaufman had already interviewed him the day of the shootings. They had nearly five months to get Bowen's story straight so that when Dugué was in on the interview it could be stated that Bowen's "tape recorded statement...basically corroborated the initial verbal statement rendered to Sergeant Kaufman on September 4, 2005."

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Since the cover-up had already occurred, it would be impossible for Dugué to have been in on it or to have known about it.

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COURT DOC: What Bowen is accused of doing is horrendous. The court brief states: "The first statement was made to an original co-conspirator who is now cooperating with the prosecution. The cooperator will testify that defendant Villavaso confided in him, sometime after the shooting on the bridge, that during the incident, defendant Bowen used his handgun to shoot one or two rounds into the stomach of one of the victims lying on the walkway." (Government court brief, Criminal No: 10-204, filed October 26, 2010; emphasis not in original document.)  

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(2)   ROBERT GISEVIUS (profiled later): Sergeants Kaufman and Dugué interviewed Sergeant Robert Gisevius (NOPD Seventh District), white male, date of birth April 29, 1972, who is, according to the report, a victim of "Attempted Murder of a Police Officer." (Page 4 of incident report.) The report also states on page 4: "A formal tape recorded statement was rendered to Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman."

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DUGUÉ IN THE DARK: "On Friday, October 14, 2005 at about 10:00AM, the follow up investigation into the shooting incident on the Danzinger Bridge, which occurred on Sunday, September 4, 2005, was assigned to Detective Sergeant Gerard Dugué ... The initial investigation was being handled by Sergeant Arthur Kaufman." (Page 16 of the report.) Dugué did the "follow up investigation." Kaufman did the "initial investigation.

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"Sergeant Kaufman gave Sergeant Dugué a verbal account of what occurred on the Danzinger Bridge on Sunday, September 4, 2005 at about 9:00AM." (Page 16 of the report.)  "Sergeant Kaufman's explanation" (page 16 of the report) to Dugué of what happened on the morning of Sunday, September 4, 2005, the same day Kaufman is accused of having planted a gun on the bridge (which Dugué knew nothing about), is flawed at its core.

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"Sergeant Kaufman ... met with Sergeant Robert Gisevius who gave ... [a] verbal statement relevant to this incident." (Page 21 of the report.) Though the report gives the impression that Dugué interviewed Gisevius along with Kaufman toward the beginning of the report (page 4 of said report), such is not the case. This can be better ascertained by what follows.

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"At about 3:30PM on Wednesday, January 25, 2006, Sergeants Gerard Dugué and Arthur Kaufman obtained a formal tape recorded statement from Sergeant Robert Gesivius [sic]." Dugué first interviews Gisevius (together with Kaufman) nearly five months after Kaufman first interviews him, on September 4, 2005, the same day Kaufman is accused of having planted a gun on the bridge. The conspiracy is already locked down. Dugué doesn't have a clue.

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And of course, right on cue and as planned, "The formal tape recorded statement of Sergeant Gisevius corroborated his initial verbal statement, which was rendered to Sergeant Kaufman on September 4, 2005." (Page 38)

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THE SITUATION IN A NUTSHELL: After Kaufman conducted what the report calls an "initial" investigation on Sunday, September 4, 2005, Dugué was assigned on Friday, October 14, 2005, over five weeks later, to do what the report identifies as a "follow up" investigation. By this time, the cover-up was signed sealed, and delivered.

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Kaufman gave Dugué a contrived "verbal account of what occurred," a bogus "explanation" of the deadly, tragic events that transpired on the Danzinger Bridge on September 4, 2005. Even the court brief filed by the government on October 26, 2010, characterizes what NOPD officers did prior to Dugué's assignment as the "original cover-up conspiracy." (Government court brief, Criminal No: 10-204, filed October 26, 2010)

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Since the cover-up had already occurred, it would be impossible for Dugué to have been in on it or to have known about it.

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Disturbingly, the incident report is not only false, misleading, deceitful, offensive, opprobrious, horrific, nauseating, and egregious in its content, it also has been inadvertently structured in such a way so as to shine light on Dugué's complete innocence. 

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Although Kaufman, the real author of the incident report, knew that Dugué was not privy to any of the initial interviews of guilty officers since he had not yet been assigned, in structuring the report Kaufman--with premeditation--listed both him and Dugué as co-interviewers at the beginning of the report

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In other words, not only were the interviews "fixed" or "contrived," but in the structure, layout, and presentation of the report--wherein Kaufman imposes his will--he cleverly gives an anachronistic (out-of-time sequence) impression, embraced by a smoke-and-mirrors atmosphere, all the while knowing that Dugué was in the dark, and had nothing to do with the conspiracy.

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It is not likely that Kaufman, along with at least one superior working with him behind the scenes, would have gone through such lengths to legitimized the report by "over associating" it with the clean name of a good cop--and at worse, implicate the good cop--if they had known the conspiracy, in all its intricate detail, was going to be discovered.

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Just as there were completely innocent officers who were acquitted in the infamous case of Henry Glover (see below), so there is an innocent officer in the case of the Danzinger Bridge incident. Without a doubt, Dugué was odd man out. Stay tuned for Part 4.

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(Note: Click here for info on the Henry Glover verdicts, http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2010/12/henry_glover_verdict_form.html)

Click here for Sgt. Gerard Dugué's background