Eyewitness Investigates has learned that the state Legislative Auditor is investigating whether the New Orleans Police Department improperly requested disaster reimbursement last summer for officers who worked Southern Decadence weekend on the heels of Hurricane Isaac.
Raymond Burkart III, attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police, confirmed that officers have been questioned about their pay during the disaster declaration, as well as the annual gay and lesbian gathering that followed it over Labor Day weekend.
"The issue really centers at City Hall and that's where it should be,” Burkart said. “The rank and file officers don't make the decisions about what type of trip sheets they're going to fill out.
They don't make the decisions on how their pay code is going to run. And they don't make the decision about who's going to reimburse the city, if at all, with regard to Decadence or any other type of emergency."
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said he had no knowledge of any such investigation.
“While we’re aware that some officers alerted local media to what they perceive as issues, we know of no investigation in progress,” Serpas emailed in a statement. “
The NOPD would readily comply with any such investigation as we believe all policies were properly followed for officers working citywide. Any story that insinuates wrongdoing is unfair to the hundreds of NOPD officers who have worked tirelessly during Isaac and the recent special events that highlighted our city so well.”