NOPD shoots man during traffic stop

  // Thursday, 14 August 2014 10:33 //

A New Orleans police officer shot a 26-year-old man in the head in Algiers as she tried to arrest him early Monday, but the department failed to notify the public about the incident until late Wednesday.

At a hastily called news conference Wednesday evening, Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas described the matter as an embarrassing oversight. He said police had prepared a news release on the incident Monday, and, for some reason, did not send it out.

“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.

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