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DOJ Report Details New Orleans Police Misconduct
March 18, 2011
On Thursday, the DOJ released a 158-page report that details NOPD misconduct. The report concludes that officers routinely use excessive force and the agency has failed to adequately investigate use-of-force complaints.
Federal Jury Convicts 3 NOPD Officers In Katrina Shooting
December 11, 2010
During the course of the month-long trial, jurors heard from 65 witnesses, including all five of the defendants. Jurors deliberated for three days before returning their verdict.
Officer Sacrifice Brings Lessons for Two Tactical Teams
December 3, 2010
The mission for both New Orleans and San Antonio PD SWAT is crystal clear. They, too, need to recover, rebound, and rebuild from the major "hits" each team has taken.
Stressed Post-Katrina Officer Testifies About Why He Burned Body
November 30, 2010
Officer Greg McRae, a 27-year veteran, choked up at times, saying "I had seen enough bodies. I had seen enough rot."
NOPD Lieutenant Lied About Glover Shooting, FBI Agent Testifies
November 23, 2010
Lt. Travis McCabe is one of five officers charged with beating the 31-year-old Glover, burning his body in a vehicle and covering up the incident.
Trial Begins for Five New Orleans Officers
November 10, 2010
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracey Knight told a jury that former NOPD officer David Warren shot an unarmed civilian on Sept. 2, 2005. Two other police officers then took stops to cover up that fact by burning the man's body in a car on the Algiers levee. The cover-up later extended to the writing of false reports by two other police officers.
New Orleans PD Suspends K-9 Apprehensions
October 11, 2010
Police Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas made the decision after receiving information from the Department of Justice that the apprehension area of the K-9 Division "showed deficiencies."
New Orleans Cop Killing Suspect May Never Stand Trial
September 30, 2010
The mentally ill man accused of killing New Orleans police officer Nicola Cotton in January 2008 with her own gun after she tried to question him cannot stand trial because he is "irrestorably incompetent," a judge has ruled.
Katrina: Was NOPD Ordered to Shoot Looters?
August 26, 2010
The accounts of orders to "shoot looters," "take back the city," or "do what you have to do" are fragmentary. It remains unclear who originated them or whether they were heard by any of the officers involved in shooting 11 civilians in the days after Katrina.
Chief's 65-Point Plan To Fix New Orleans PD Includes Termination For Lying
August 24, 2010
Superintendent Ronal Serpas has released a 65-point plan to fix the troubled New Orleans Police Department that includes a revision to the "truthfulness" policy that mandates the firing of officers who lie to the department.
Feds Say Consent Decree Likely Result of New Orleans PD Probe
August 10, 2010
The Justice Department investigation, which is expected to lead to a federal court consent decree that mandates specific changes within the department, began in early May. Although the federal agency was widely expected to initiate a civil investigation, the probe officially began at the request of Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
Two New Orleans Officers Charged in Civilian Beating Death
August 6, 2010
The feds indicted Officers Melvin Williams and Matthew Moore for the beating that caused the death of civilian Raymond Robair. If convicted, Williams faces a possible maximum sentence of life in prison. Moore faces a possible maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
Six More New Orleans Officers Indicted In Katrina Cover-ups
July 13, 2010
The indictment charges four officers in connection with the shootings, and charges those four officers and two supervisors with helping to obstruct justice during the subsequent investigations. The four officers charged with killing civilians could face life in prison or the death penalty.
NOPD Captain Indicted In Security Kickback Scheme
June 23, 2010
New Orleans PD Capt. Michael Rousel and a security consultant have been indicted for their roles in a kickback scheme to provide armed security to companies after a hurricane, the Department of Justice announced.
Five New Orleans Officers Indicted In Katrina Shooting
June 13, 2010
The case involves the death of Henry Glover, 31, whose body was found in a burned, abandoned car. Former officer David Warren, who was arrested Friday, is charged with shooting Glover.
Fifth New Orleans Officer Pleads Guilty In Danzinger Bridge Case
June 4, 2010
Former New Orleans PD Officer Ignatius Hills has admitted his role in conspiring with fellow officers to obstruct justice by covering up a police-involved shooting that occurred on the Danziger Bridge in the days following Hurricane Katrina.
DOJ Begins Probe of New Orleans PD
May 19, 2010
The DOJ probe will evaluate allegations of excessive force by NOPD officers, as well as unconstitutional searches and seizures, racial profiling, failures to provide adequate police services to particular neighborhoods, and related misconduct.
New Orleans Picks Nashville Chief to Fix Troubled Department
May 6, 2010
The 49-year-old Serpas, a former second-in-command at the department, has been the chief in Nashville since 2004.
Six Candidates Vie for New Orleans' Top Cop Job
April 28, 2010
Two of the six candidates to head up the New Orleans Police Department have ties to the department, while the remaining four are chiefs running departments in St. Paul, Minn., Norfolk, Va., and other areas.
Third New Orleans Officer Admits Role In Katrina Coverup
April 7, 2010
Michael Hunter was charged for conspiring to cover up the shootings of six people on the Danzinger Bridge during the disaster. He entered a guilty plea today.
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