NEW ORLEANS Police Supt. Ronal Serpas has placed an NOPD homicide detective on administrative reassignment, while launching an investigation into an incident at an Uptown bar, captured on video and photographs.
NOPD homicide detective Rob Hurst is seen in shots from an amateur video taken in Fat Harry's Bar Uptown, and it appears he is wearing his official police uniform pants while a young woman wears his official NOPD uniform shirt.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas says he ordered the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau to investigate as soon as he became aware of the video
'And for this particular employee I can't even bring myself to call him an officer for this particular employee to be so flippant with the use of this uniform knowing how many people have lost their life in service of this uniform disgusts me to my core,' Serpas said.
Serpas said Hurst could face anywhere from a letter of reprimand to termination.
'The uniform is the symbol of our profession. The uniform is the symbol of our sacrifice. The uniform is the symbol unfortunately at those times that have died wearing this uniform,' Serpas said.
He says Hurst has clearly violated rules governing use of the police uniform.
'And in this particular employee's case, he's a 15-year veteran. It's certainly not like he can whine and cry, 'oh, I didn't know.''
Serpas said Hurst may have also committed other, unspecified violations.
We also thinks there's other serious acts of misconduct that may have been committed that we need to continue to investigate,' Serpas said.
Eyewitness News became aware of the video of the officer when the operator of a web site on which shots of it appear sent the station an e-mail trying to sell the video.
Eyewitness News declined to buy the video, but contacted Serpas to get his reaction to what it appears to show.