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Should the jury have been sequestered in the Chauvin trial?   The Serious You: How Current Events Affect You

Started 4/20/21 by Showtalk; 4062 views.
WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Jan-23

Showtalk said...

Some are downright corrupt.

Here is a good example of many corrupt ones in the same department.

Why The New Orleans Police Department Is In Trouble— 29 Officers Being Investigated For Payroll Irregularities
 
Dec 22, 2021,02:35pm EST
 
Adam Andrzejewski

Why The New Orleans Police Department Is In Trouble— 29 Officers Being Investigated For Payroll Irregularities (forbes.com)

FWIW

  • Edited January 23, 2022 5:15 am  by  WALTER784
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From: Showtalk 

Jan-23

There goes Forbes. They are switching to a paid only model. They say you get four free links, but I couldn’t close out the subscription window.

I’m not surprised they are looking for ways to make more money. They aren’t paid enough.  They should be increasing their salaries so they aren’t forced to become criminals to support themselves. They couldn’t get rid of the police but they underfunded them.

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Jan-23

Could you not see the article? I still can but am not subscribed to them.

Dec 22, 2021,02:35pm EST
 
Why The New Orleans Police Department Is In Trouble— 29 Officers Being Investigated For Payroll Irregularities
 
Adam Andrzejewski
 
Consent Decrees by the Department of Justice.
 
What began as a simple salary data search on officers in the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) has led to a months-long undercover sting operation and has recently ended with cop suspensions, a retirement, and further investigation by the FBI.
 
Now, the Public Integrity Bureau has flagged two-percent of New Orleans police off-duty work as possibly criminal and 29 officers are being investigated.
 
“We take the allegations brought to our attention very seriously,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson responded to our request for comment via email. “We are conducting a thorough and in-depth investigation and we will hold ourselves accountable to the high standards we set for ourselves and our community holds us to.”  
 
This past fall, after getting tipped off by a local resident using Open the Books salary data, a local news station set up an undercover camera outside one police officer’s home. The officer was recorded taking out the trash and walking his dog during the exact hours he was getting paid to guard the local fairgrounds on what’s known as a police detail shift.
 
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The New Orleans TV station that orchestrated the sting got a tip from a local professor who teaches forensics, Skip Gallagher. The initial case was built-out by a former city employee and current resident, Karl Von Derhaar.  
 
Studying New Orleans salaries posted online at OpenTheBooks.com, Von Derhaar found officers making close to $200,000 a year. Those salaries seemed inflated.
 
After further investigation, Von Derhaar brought his research to Gallagher – who helped line up the media connections. The subsequent investigation uncovered a web of contradictions, overlapping double shifts, and some jaw-dropping undercover and public video.
 
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Then, in November, in response to the investigative reporting, the city suspended 26 of its police officers from working the extra detail duty. As of mid-December, ten of the 26 had not been released from the suspension and reportedly may be under an ongoing investigation. One of the ten, the officer caught on undercover camera, has retired since the allegations came to light.
 
Then, on December 20th, the Public Integrity Bureau revealed that 29 officers were under investigation. Responding to our request for comment, the NOPD gave a lot of context:
 
“The New Orleans Police Department’s Public Integrity Bureau continues to investigate allegations of misconduct regarding police secondary employment. 
 
Thus far through the course of this investigation that the flagged incidents comprised approximately 2% of the paid details worked by commissioned police officers. 
 
The NOPD and the Office of the Independent Police Monitor takes this 2% seriously and will hold officers accountable for any violations of the secondary employment policy. Each violation is undergoing a systemic review that includes investigating whether any violations were made by their immediate supervisors for failure to provide close and effective supervision. 
 
Throughout the course of the investigation, twenty-nine (29) officers were alleged to be in violation of the rules and regulations as it relates to police secondary employment. We are reviewing all cases for potential criminal and administrative violations. Those investigations will be conducted by a team of investigators including the New Orleans Police Department, the Office of Independent Police Monitor, and the Office of Inspector General.”
 
Caught up in the investigation is 30+-year NOPD officer Todd Morrel, who made $192,901 in 2020, and $212,943 in 2019. Over the last four years, public records show Morrell has made $747,708.
 
Morrell is a race car driver and allegedly pursued his hobby while on the NOPD clock. Fox8’s news crew found public data and even a time-stamped video of Morrell racing a car at NOLA Motorsports at the exact same time he was listed as being on duty with the NOPD at a different location.
 
After Fox8 published its investigative pieces, Morrell submitted his retirement and served his last day as an NOPD officer on November 29. It’s unclear whether his work and his pay are under investigation.
 
Another officer, Sergeant Anthony Bakewell, was allegedly found by Fox8 to have worked an improbable 44-hour shift, starting on Valentine’s Day, taking only two hours off, and allegedly double-billing two overlapping hours on a detail shift at the Downtown Development District.
 
Donovan Livaccari, counsel for the Fraternal Order of Police, told Fox8 in a written statement, that the February 14, 2020, date was an “all hands on deck” time as it was “toward the beginning of Mardi Gras 2020” which was on February 25th last year. Bakewell earned $166,219 in 2020 and $176,437 in 2018.
 
Police Association of New Orleans attorney Eric Hessler cast blame for the overlapping work on the office that schedules the NOPD officers’ detail duty. He told Fox8 that he didn
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  • Edited January 23, 2022 9:57 am  by  WALTER784
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From: Showtalk 

Jan-23

No, but I use a lot of blockers so it may have triggered something.  Wow, so they have enormous salaries and a re just criminals.  Why weren’t they suspended from their jobs as well as from the extra work?

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Jan-23

Showtalk said...

Wow, so they have enormous salaries and a re just criminals.  Why weren’t they suspended from their jobs as well as from the extra work?

Here is a follow-up. Obama DOJ created the system to stop corruption and turned itself into a corrupt entity! Investigations are still ongoing. Thus far, one or two have been forced to resign, the rest are still under investigation.

Some officers could potentially be charged with crimes. NOPD said an internal probe into the allegations will look for “potential criminal” violations, in addition to administrative ones. The department said its Public Integrity Bureau is working with the Office of the Inspector General and the independent police monitor to investigate the 29 alleged violations.
 
“We take the allegations brought to our attention very seriously,” NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said in a statement. “We are conducting a thorough and in-depth investigation and we will hold ourselves accountable to the high standards we set for ourselves and our community holds us to.”
 
Early in its investigation, Public Integrity Bureau “identified a gap” between NOPD payroll’s system and the Office of Police Secondary Employment’s scheduling system. The Office of Police Secondary Employment was created nearly a decade ago as part of NOPD’s federally mandated reforms after the U.S. Department of Justice found NOPD’s internal paid detail system led to corruption. The department said it can now cross-reference the payroll system with the Office of Police Secondary Employment scheduling system.
 
“This will allow the NOPD and OPSE to share information that will eliminate schedule overlapping and will ensure that officers cannot be scheduled for regular duty shifts and OPSE detail shifts at the same time,” the statement said.
 
Metropolitan Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche said the OPSE was designed to eliminate corruption but instead created a blind spot, making it difficult to catch bad actors. He noted criminal charges are grounds for dismissal, should the probe find any officers violated the law.
 
“The solution that was crafted actually maintained the problem, just under a different heading,” Goyeneche said.
 
The NOPD statement says the agency and the Independent Police Monitor “takes this 2% seriously and will hold officers accountable.” It also said each of the violations is “undergoing a systematic review” to find out if immediate supervisors of the offending officers failed in their supervisory duties.
 
Correction: An initial version of this post incorrectly stated 2% of the officers who work details were found to have violated the rules. The violations NOPD discovered make up 2% of the paid details worked by commissioned police officers.

NOPD finds 29 of its officers appear to have violated off-duty detail rules (wdsu.com)

FWIW

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Jan-24

It needs to be cleaned up no matter who started it or allowed it to happen.

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Jan-24

It look like they're taking the whole ordeal seriously and are attempting to get to the bottom of it and persecute all those involved in the scam. Otherwise, it will mar their reputation going forward in the future.

FWIW

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Jan-28

They have to. PDs are already under close scrutiny and attack.  This will add fuel to it.  Big cities police departments can have pockets of corruption or inefficiency. I rad a horrible story of a man who was killed in a hit and run in NYC or maybe badly injured permanently and the police claimed there was nothing they could do because they caught the car on a traffic cam but not the driver’s face.  The driver was someone important. The victim was an immigrant.

  • Edited January 28, 2022 11:09 am  by  Showtalk
WALTER784
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From: WALTER784 

Jan-28

Yes, there is corruption in a lot of Police Departments, but it's mainly in the Democrats where most of them go unpunished.

They need to take responsibility and persecute those who do not abide by the law. Just because they are police officers doesn't mean they should be above the law. In fact, just the opposite should be true, they should be held to a stricter code than we ordinary people.

FWIW

Showtalk
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From: Showtalk 

Jan-29

I would like it if criminals were even held to some standard and consequences.  

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