Thursday, September 29, 2005


NOPD investigating reports of police officers looting

NEW ORLEANS — Acting New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Warren Riley is holding a press briefing this afternoon to discuss misconduct by some members of the force.

While the substance of the briefing was not known at press time, it likely will deal with recent allegations of misconduct by some members of the force. The department has launched an investigation into whether officers participated in the giant looting spree that overtook the city after Hurricane Katrina. News reports in the aftermath of the storm put officers at the scene of some of the heaviest looting, the Wal-Mart in the Lower Garden District.

Police spokesman Marlon Defillo says out of 1,750 officers, the department is looking into the possibility that a dozen officers may have been involved in misconduct.

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