NEW ORLEANS - The New Orleans Civil Service Commission has upheld the firing of a top NOPD cop linked to the Henry Glover civil rights case.
The commission ruled that former NOPD Capt. Jeff Winn should have told supervisors what he knew about the disposal of Glover's body.
The 25-year police veteran had said his attorney told him not to give a statement to NOPD investigators because he could incriminate himself. His attorney, Eric Hessler, believed that federal prosecutors intended to charge his client in the Glover case.
The NOPD contended that Winn was not the subject of any criminal probe and that he should have come forward to provide a statement to police.
The Civil Service Commission ruling stated that Winn should have been loyal to the NOPD, and that it was his responsibility to “find a way to protect his personal interests while continuing to perform his duties as a police officer.”
The decision, written by Commission Vice Chairman Dana Douglas, was rendered Tuesday.
Winn's attorney said Wednesday that he will appeal the decision to the 4th Circuit.
"The decision is simply wrong," Eric Hessler said. "And Civil Service, once again, just eroded the rights of police officers, specifically as it relates to their constitutional rights."
Winn was head of the Special Operations Division, which gathered at a makeshift compound in Algiers in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
He acknowledged ordering two subordinates to move Glover's body from the compound. Glover’s remains were later recovered in a burnt vehicle on the Mississippi River levee in Algiers, near the NOPD’s Fourth District Station.
Winn said he did not know that another cop had shot Glover, or that one of his officers later incinerated Glover's body.
A federal probe of the killing and cover-up began in 2009, roughly four years after Glover’s death.
In May 2009, Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann allegedly told Winn that another officer, Greg McRae, had burned Glover’s body. Scheuermann thought Winn knew about the incineration, but Winn said he didn’t know.
At this point, Winn’s attorney told him not to give a statement to NOPD investigators. Winn invoked his 5th Amendment right not to self-incriminate himself. He has not been charged with any crimes.
The NOPD reassigned Winn and opened an internal investigation upon the conclusion of the federal criminal trial in December 2010. He was later fired for neglect of duty.
Scheuermann was acquitted at trial and is no longer on the police force. McRae is serving a 17-year federal prison sentence.