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Henry Glover Protest
Coroner's Office Agrees to Re-examine "Unclassified" Death of Man Killed, Burned in 2005
A group of protestors gathered at the Orleans Parish Coroner's Office (2612 Martin Luther King Blvd.) to demand that authorities reopen the file of Henry Glover, who was killed by NOPD officers and had his body burned on a levee in Algiers following the Federal Flood of 2005.
Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard has agreed to reopen the file of Henry Glover, who was shot by former NOPD officer David Warren, after a protest this morning at the Coroner's office (2612 Martin Luther King Blvd.).
Glover's family and activists, many wearing "I am Henry Glover" t-shirts, demanded entrance into the building. In the wake of a retrial that aquitted ex-NOPD cop David Warren of wrongdoing, participants demanded that Glover's death be classified as a homicide.
Currently, the coroner's report on Glover's death lists the cause as "unclassified" as opposed to "homicide."
David Warren shot Glover outside of an Algiers strip mall on Sept. 2, 2005, and Glover's body was later found burned inside a vehicle on the levee. After the case was brought to light by the Nation magazine, Times-Picayune and others, Warren and other police officers were convicted for federal civil rights violations in the murder and cover up. Initially, Warren was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A federal appeals court granted Warren a re-trial, and he was aquitted of federal civil rights charges and gun charges on Wednesday, December 11. Warren said that he believed Glover was armed when he shot him, and he was tried separately from the officers who were charged with corruption for conspiring to hide evidence.
In the wake of the Warren verdict, Henry Glover's family is continuing to bring attention to the case. Edna Glover, Henry Glover's mother, stood next to NAACP President and mayoral candidate Danatus King and addressed the crowd.
"He admitted it. He have his son. I don't have my son, my son is in the ground," said Glover. "This has now moved beyond the Glover family. We have several organizations who are here."
W.C. Johnson of the United New Orleans Front, Big 7 President and community leader Edward Buckner, Sandra "18 Wheeler" Hester, Eloise Davis, and other protestors came in support of Glover.
The group demanded entrance into the building, and was met with initial resistance from an employee. The protestors made their way in, shouting "This is a public building!" Minutes later, police officers arrived.
Buckner, Johnson, and others eventually were led back to discuss the situation with Minyard. After approximately 20 minutes, King returned to address the crowd.
"Within one week to ten days, the coroner will issue another report," said King, relaying what was discussed minutes earlier. "The investigation is officially reopened," said King.
If the death is classified as a homicide, it could lead to murder charges.
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