“I personally authorized a press release,” Serpas said. “Clearly it fell through the cracks.”
“I’m very disappointed and angry,” he added. “We normally put this information out right away.”
The NOPD has been dogged for years by questions about the possible overuse of deadly force by some officers and its failure to fully investigate some of those incidents. The federal consent decree the department signed with the Justice Department in 2012, which mandates a series of reforms, had its roots in a series of poorly investigated shootings and beatings by police in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.