Minyard: if possible, Glover case will be reclassified
Chris Miller and David Blake Reporting
Dr. Frank Minyard, coroner for Orleans Parish, announced today that his office will take another look at the remains of Henry Glover.
Glover's family wants state authorities to bring charges against David Warren, the NOPD officer who fatally shot Glover a few days after Hurricane Katrina. A federal jury last week acquitted Warren of civil rights charges in the case. Warren testified that he feared for his life and thought Glover was armed when he shot him in September 2005.
Minyard says the temporary morgue set up in St. Gabriel, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina originally classified Glover's death as "accidental." A 2010 death certificate lists the manner of death as "undetermined." Today, Glover's family and their supporters demonstrated at the coroner's office, demanding it be reclassified as "homicide."
Minyard says there are challenges to doing a new investigation. He said Glover's remains arrived at the St. Gabriel morgue in several different bags.
"From what I understand, there was no intact skull. There were some minor, small bits of skull bone," he said. "There was no intact skull in the mass of bones that came to St. Gabriel where we were working."
Loyola University School of Law professor Dane Ciolino says Warren won't be protected by the fact that he just cleared of civil rights charges against him federal court.
"This acquittal in federal court doesn't preclude a state murder prosecution," said Ciolino.
But would the District Attorney really takes this on after so many years? Ciolino isn't sure.
"I think that's unlikely after all this time," he said.