HARVEY, La. — Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand has fired a second deputy in less than a week.
Friday, he announced Julius Cosey lost his job after appearing in two profanity-laced videos on YouTube. One of the videos spoofed a well known defense attorney's commercial.
"If a (expletive) breaks the law and hit your car, holla at your boy and we'll take his (expletive) to court right then and there…. We'll take (expletive) to court and he won't be so big," Cosey said.
"During the course of that video, Deputy Cosey's badge is revealed, a Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office insignia on a polo type shirt that he had underneath a jacket is revealed and a gun is actually used and displayed in the video," said Sheriff Normand.
The sheriff says Cosey's behavior and use of the n-word violates his department's code of conduct.
"It doesn't matter what race you are or ethnic background you come from, that word is viewed upon by the public as being derisive and divisive and for that reason we're not going to tolerate it, no matter who says it," said Normand.
Loyola criminology professor George Capowich says the video is not what you want from any professional police officer.
"It's laced with profanity," he said. "It implies violence. It implies a lack of understanding of due process."
In another video, Cosey impersonates President Barack Obama and makes a racist remark.
Sheriff Normand says Cosey was already facing a suspension for an unrelated complaint when the YouTube videos surfaced.
"The video is not funny, really," said Normand. "The use of the language in the video is not really becoming of a deputy. That, coupled with the other investigations and prior disciplinary actions that we had to take against Deputy Cosey, because under our progressive discipline model I felt at this point in time it would be best to separate our relation with Deputy Cosey and therefore, I terminated him."
Earlier this week, the sheriff fired another deputy Robert Hoobler.
He was accused of excessive force and improper use of his stun gun.
"I was overwhelmingly concerned when I saw the taser video," said Normand. "His commands and what was actually happening, they don't jive."
Professor Capowich says given recent civil rights abuse cases involving the New Orleans police, there is a heightened public sensitivity to officer involved misconduct.
"It drives a wedge and promotes hostility or misunderstandings in ways that are unhelpful," said Capowich.
Sheriff Normand says it's never easy to fire one of his deputies. But, he takes a hard line with the conduct of his rank and file to protect the integrity of the 99.9 percent of his department doing the right thing, day in and day out.
"We hold the public's trust in the palm of our hand and we have to massage it and manage it, you know delicately," said Normand.
Deputy Cosey was a five year veteran of the JPSO.
He was last assigned to the Third District Patrol Division.