Serpas says charges against officers show culture of NOPD changing

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Posted on March 7, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 7 at 12:22 AM

Brendan McCarthy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- In his first public comments after two of his officers were charged with beating handcuffed citizens in separate incidents, New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Ronal Serpas was optimistic.

Serpas noted that in one case, other police officers reported the beating.

"In this case you have an example of where the culture of the NOPD is changing,” Serpas said. “Officers who are aware of misconduct are reporting it."

A relatively new officer, Jamal Kendrick, is charged with beating a motorist in October.

Meanwhile, veteran Lt. Michael Field is charged with hitting a handcuffed teen inside a police station during last year's Mardi Gras.

As for the year it took for action to be taken on Field, Serpas said investigations take time.

"Investigations don't run on a time clock,” Serpas said. “They don't run on a deadline. They run their course. They take their course. The Public Integrity Bureau is charged with doing a good investigation, not a quick investigation. So now we'll see what happens in the criminal court system."

 

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