FREE e-Newsletter
Important News - Hot Topics
Get them Now!

Top News

2 New Orleans Cops Convicted of Beating Death

April 14, 2011  | 

Two New Orleans Police officers have been convicted in connection with the beating death of Raymond Robair in July 2005, as well as their subsequent cover-up, the Department of Justice announced.

"Every community relies upon their police officers to protect and serve, but these officers abused their power, violating the law and the public trust," said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the civil rights division. "I am hopeful that today's verdict brings a measure of justice to the victim's family and the entire community."

Officer Melvin Williams was convicted of violating Robair's constitutional rights by beating him on July 30, 2005. The officer approached Robair on the street in Robair's neighborhood. Several neighbors testified that they saw Williams kick Robair in the side and beat him repeatedly with a baton.

After the beating, Williams and Moore placed Robair, who was unconscious, into their police car and drove him to Charity Hospital, where they informed the hospital staff they had found Robair under a bridge in this condition, and that all they knew was that Robair was a drug user. The hospital treated Robair for a drug overdose rather than for blunt force trauma. Robair, who suffered fractured ribs and a ruptured spleen as a result of the beating, was pronounced dead within a few hours.

First-year Officer Matthew Dean Moore was also convicted of obstructing justice by writing and submitting a false and inaccurate incident report regarding their interactions with Robair. Moore was also convicted of one additional felony count for making false statements regarding the incident to FBI agents in March 2010.

Williams faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. Moore faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

Tags: Officer Misconduct, Civil Rights Cases, New Orleans PD


Be the first to comment on this story





POLICE Magazine does not tolerate comments that include profanity, personal attacks or antisocial behavior (such as "spamming" or "trolling"). This and other inappropriate content or material will be removed. We reserve the right to block any user who violates this, including removing all content posted by that user.

Other Recent News

House Rejects Stop-Gap Funding for Homeland Security
In a chaotic scene on the House floor, 51 Republicans rebuffed a major last-minute effort...
Holder Want to Make It Easier to Prosecute Officers for Civil Rights Violations
Holder said that between now and his departure, probably in early March when the Senate is...
Video: St. Louis Chief Blames "Ferguson Effect" for Drop in Self-Initiated Policing
One of the steepest drops in S.I.A. occurred after the August 2014 police shooting of...
Court Rules Officer Who Spoke Out Against Arrest Quotas Can Sue NYPD
A federal appeals court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit by an NYPD officer, who claims he...
Authorities Say Retired New York Officer Premeditatedly Murdered Daughters, Planned to Impoverish Wife
Sources say Hochman, 52, intentionally planned to impoverish his wife and surviving...

Get Your FREE Trial Issue and Win a Gift! Subscribe Today!
Yes! Please rush me my FREE TRIAL ISSUE of POLICE magazine and FREE Officer Survival Guide with tips and tactics to help me safely get out of 10 different situations.

Just fill in the form to the right and click the button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.

If POLICE does not satisfy you, just write "cancel" on the invoice and send it back. You'll pay nothing, and the FREE issue is yours to keep. If you enjoy POLICE, pay only $25 for a full one-year subscription (12 issues in all). Enjoy a savings of nearly 60% off the cover price!

Offer valid in US only. Outside U.S., click here.
It's easy! Just fill in the form below and click the red button to receive your FREE Trial Issue.
First Name:
Last Name:
Rank:
Agency:
Address:
City:
State:
  
Zip Code:
 
Country:
We respect your privacy. Please let us know if the address provided is your home, as your RANK / AGENCY will not be included on the mailing label.
E-mail Address:

Police Magazine