NOPD Officer sentenced to 3 years for abusing minors

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BY Stef Camille WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER March 31, 2014 Desmond Pratt, 43, a former homicide detective was finally sentenced on Friday of sexually assaulting three young girls. The officer pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was not given the possible 20 years from Orleans Parish Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich. Pratt pleaded guilty to two […]

Morgan City police chief dies after shooting himself in Biloxi

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By The Associated Press February 01, 2014 at 6:59 PM, updated February 01, 2014 at 7:06 PM NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Biloxi police say the police chief of Morgan City shot himself and died in a casino hotel, but it was not clear whether the shooting was suicide or an accident. Sgt. Chris De Back […]

Orleans Parish Prison whistleblower for sheriff?

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By Rebecca Alexander, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune December 10, 2013 at 10:27 AM Deputy Bryan Collins, who guarded inmates at Orleans Parish Prison for four years, resigned on Thursday (Dec. 5) as the threat of criminal prosecution looms over his bringing a cell phone into the jail and taking a picture of a bloody cell […]

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper says charges will be dropped against arrested referees

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By Jim Derry, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on October 17, 2013 at 4:56 PM, updated October 18, 2013 at 3:10 Covington Mayor Mike Cooper said, upon the request of himself and newly sworn-in Police Chief Tim Lentz, District Attorney Walter Reed has agreed to drop charges of public intimidation against two referees arrested last Friday […]

Eight years after post-Katrina police shootings, families say ‘we don’t have justice’

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By Juliet Linderman, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on October 04, 2013 at 7:31 PM, updated October 04, 2013 at 10:06 PM For weeks in the summer of 2011, Sherrel Johnson spent all day every day in a federal courtroom in New Orleans, weighted down in her seat by the gravity of the trial unfolding before […]

NOPD implements new policy restricting officers with tattoos to be shown

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Stefani Camille Streetgangs.com Staff Writer October 02, 2013 New Orleans police currently aren’t allowed to have tattoos that could be considered offensive. Now, under the new policy, officers with any tattoos on their arms would have to wear long-sleeved shirts, and those with neck tattoos would have to cover them with makeup. The new policy […]

Ex-Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office official sentenced in kickback scheme

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By Juliet Linderblock / The Times -Picayune September 11, 2013 at 10:07 AM, updated September 11, 2013 at 10:51 AM   A former Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office official who pleaded guily to conspiracy to commit bribery charges for accepting kickbacks in exchange for rigging several contracting bids was sentenced in federal court on Wednesday morning […]

Orleans Parish Prison inmate photo posted to Facebook raises questions about contraband efforts

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By Naomi Martin, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune August 23, 2013 at 7:23 PM, updated August 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM A photo posted to Facebook this month could raise new questions about whether Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman’s efforts to improve security at the city’s jail are working. Gusman has said he has been clamping […]

Slidell man who says he was beaten by cops in 2006 is suing St. Tammany officials for civil rights violations

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By Heather Nolan, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune August 08, 2013 at 4:08 PM, updated August 08, 2013 at 5:04 PM A Slidell man who claims he was beaten by St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s deputies while he was handcuffed during a 2006 traffic stop is suing several parish officials and the state Attorney General in federal […]

NOPD arrests five ’89ers’ gang members; Serpas vows to continue fight against gangs

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By John Harper, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on June 21, 2013 at 3:53 PM, updated June 21, 2013 at 9:02 PM Five people believed to be key members of the 89ers gang, which police say was running a thriving drug trade on the border of the Florida and St. Roch neighborhoods in New Orleans, have […]

NOPD officer acquitted of taking payoffs from tow company

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By Ramon Antonio Vargas, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on June 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM, updated June 19, 2013 at 7:55 PM Orleans Parish Criminal District Courthouse (NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune) A New Orleans jury late Wednesday acquitted a New Orleans Police Department officer of charges that he accepted between $600 and $800 in exchange […]

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office graduates 44 inmates from 2013 re-entry program

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By John Harper, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune June 13, 2013 at 9:42 PM Forty-four Orleans Parish inmates, for years denied almost all close contact with family members, sat just feet away from parents and other relatives waiting to congratulate them Thursday. The occasion: The 23rd class was graduating from the Sheriff’s Office’s Re-entry and Rehabilitation […]