Attorney General Eric Holder recognizes 282 department employees for their distinguished public service today at the 60th Annual Attorney General's Awards Ceremony. Fifty-seven other individuals outside of the department are also honored for their work. Held at DAR Constitution Hall, this annual ceremony recognizes both department employees and others for their outstanding dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice's missions.
"This year's award recipients have made significant contributions across, and far beyond, the Department of Justice and helped to protect the rights, safety and best interests of the citizens we are privileged to serve," Attorney General Holder said. "I am grateful for the dedication and passion that these extraordinary public servants bring to their work, and I am honored to count them as colleagues."
Attorney General Holder and Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole present the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service -- the department's highest award for employee performance -- to the team responsible for the successful prosecution of 10 New Orleans police officers convicted of killing innocent civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
The Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service is presented to members of the investigative and litigation team responsible for one of the largest police-misconduct cases ever brought by the Department of Justice. The evidence discovered by the prosecution team revealed that shortly after Hurricane Katrina, several New Orleans police officers used assault rifles and a shotgun to shoot six innocent people on the Danziger Bridge, killing two and seriously wounding four others. In concert with supervisors and homicide investigators, the officers began a stunning cover-up. Ultimately, a jury convicted the defendants.
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