Below is a transcript of NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas' comments on Officer Jason Giroir, who is accused of making controversial, racially charged comments on WWLTV.com
A little over two hours ago, I learned about Internet comments attributed to Officer Jason Giroir. Included in those comments was that he was a member of the NOPD, which has caused me great concern concerning his fitness for duty.
Today I suspended Officer Giroir immediately and without pay indefinitely. I have also directed Chief Westbrook to conduct a thorough, accurate investigation into these comments. My responsibility to the citizens of New Orleans, the officers of the police department and this community at large compel me to take this immediate action.
To say that I’m angry is an understatement. I’m furious. Let me be clear, the hard working men and women of the NOPD do not condone such statements. Giroir by those statements has embarrassed this department with insensitive, harmful and offensive comments. The New Orleans Police Department specifically condemns these comments, and comments like this will not be tolerated in the New Orleans Police Department.
Let me make something clear to the people of New Orleans: Giroir’s comments do not reflect upon the hundreds and hundreds of officers who come to work every day to be a professional public service, to advance public safety, and to rebuild this police department.
It is disturbing like this may cast a new doubt on this police department, and that is regrettable. Far too many good things have happened. Too much efforts have been made by so many to make this a better police department. I am asking the community to not let the comments of one officer stand in the way of the way of the great work that we have done together.
Please note, the mayor and I have worked incredibly hard these last two years to rebuild this police department. Mayor Landrieu and I know that the people of New Orleans want this department to be a success. We know that people from all walks of New Orleans – clergy, community leaders, business leaders, neighborhood leaders – all want to work shoulder and shoulder with the New Orleans Police Department to advance our common desire for safety, a great place to live, raise a family, and have a business.