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    As if NOLA authorities needed any more bad press over the conduct of the cops and city government, here comes this tidbit. Obviously the NOLA cops need remediation.

    Police suspended for alleged beating arrest
    TV news producer beaten while recording

    NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Two New Orleans police officers repeatedly punched a 64-year-old man accused of public intoxication, and another city officer assaulted an Associated Press Television News producer as a cameraman taped the confrontations.

    There will be a criminal investigation, and the three officers were to be suspended, arrested and charged with simple battery Sunday, Capt. Marlon Defillo said.

    "We have great concern with what we saw this morning," Defillo said after he and about a dozen other high-ranking police department officials watched the APTN footage Sunday. "It's a troubling tape, no doubt about it. ... This department will take immediate action."

    The assaults come as the department, long plagued by allegations of brutality and corruption, struggles with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the resignation last month of Police Superintendent Eddie Compass.

    The APTN tape shows an officer hitting the man at least four times in the head Saturday night as he stood outside a bar near Bourbon Street. The suspect, Robert Davis, appeared to resist, twisting and flailing as he was dragged to the ground by four officers. One of the four then kneed Davis and punched him twice. Davis was face-down on the sidewalk with blood streaming down his arm and into the gutter.

    Meanwhile, a fifth officer ordered APTN producer Rich Matthews and the cameraman to stop recording. When Matthews held up his credentials and explained he was working, the officer grabbed the producer, leaned him backward over a car, jabbed him in the stomach and unleashed a profanity-laced tirade.

    "I've been here for six weeks trying to keep ... alive. ... Go home!" shouted the officer, who later identified himself as S.M. Smith.

    Police said Davis, 64, of New Orleans, was booked on public intoxication, resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and public intimidation. He was treated at a hospital and released into police custody.

    "The incidents taped by our cameraman are extremely troubling," said Mike Silverman, AP's managing editor. "We are heartened that the police department is taking them seriously and promising a thorough investigation."

    Davis, who is black, was subdued at the intersection of Conti and Bourbon streets. Three of the officers appeared to be white, and the other is light skinned. The officer who hit Matthews is white. Defillo said race was not an issue.

    Three of the five officers -- including Smith -- are New Orleans officers, and two others appeared to be federal officers. Numerous agencies have sent police to help with patrols in the aftermath of Katrina.

    Under normal circumstances, it takes unusually offensive behavior to trigger an arrest on Bourbon Street. But New Orleans police have been working under stressful conditions since the hurricane.

    Officers slept in their cars and worked 24-hour shifts after the storm. Three-quarters lost their homes and their families are scattered across the country.

    "Our police officers are working under some very trying times," Defillo said. "So it's a difficult time, but it doesn't excuse what our jobs are supposed to be."

    Many officers deserted their posts in the days after Katrina, and some were accused of joining in the looting that broke out. At least two committed suicide.

    Conditions have improved -- officers now have beds on a cruise ship -- but they don't have private rooms and are still working five, 12-hour days.

    Compass, the police superintendent, resigned September 27. Despite more than 10 years of reform efforts dating to before he took office, police were dogged by allegations of brutality and corruption.

    On Friday, state authorities said they were investigating allegations that New Orleans police broke into a dealership and made off with nearly 200 cars -- including 41 new Cadillacs -- as the storm closed in.

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    Abusing people ... deserting their posts ....... damned unprofessional IMO. Yet police wonder why they have lost the respect they once had.
     
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    Blow the whole damn place up and let the Mississippi do what it always did.
     
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    Either that or let the Trumps of the world turn it into another "official" sin city with PRIVATE money. They know how to drag in tourists with lots of money to spend, re-create a sort of Hollywood version of the old New Orleans (Mardi Gras and all) and keep out all the riff raff. Illegals are more than happy to supply the labor if the unions will let them.
     
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    Wouldn't it be easier to just hire non-sadistic police officers?
     
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    Easier than not rebuilding the whole place and allowing nature to run its course?
     
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    That's the sad thing anywhere you go. It's a couple of jerks like this that give the entire police force a bad name.
     
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    http://michellemalkin.com/archives/003694.htm

     
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    Nothing new here folks...they have had a rep as being corrupt for many decades...worked with them on Narcotics interdiction in the early eightees..was very uncomfortable...they were on the Feds list for...'be careful when working with'...need I say more? :2guns:
     
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    Please do. Police corruption is always of interest.
     

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