Two NOPD officers fired for violating department policies
POSTED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:30pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 12:34pm
NEW ORLEANS, LA (NBC33) — Two New Orleans Police officers have been fired for violating policies. One is accused of putting the public’s safety at risk, and the other lied about being sick so he could work a side job.
“In these cases we have one officer who greatly put the public’s safety at risk by his actions, and another who neglected his responsibility to the public in order for him to make personal gains,” Superintendent Ronal Serpas, said. “This is inexcusable behavior which we do not take lightly. It goes against what this department stands for.”
The first internal investigation was launched against August Michel, an officer with the narcotics division, in February 2012. He was accused of bringing his department issued handgun into a bar.
Michel, who has worked for the agency since 1998, walked into the bar located on the 600-block of Bourbon Street and began drinking alcoholic beverages. At some point, he became involved in an altercation with a customer. He was later treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.
Michael admitted to investigators that he had his gun on him at the bar, which is a violation of NOPD’s policy. Officers are not allowed to bring their weapon into a location where alcoholic beverages are served. A test also revealed his blood alcohol level was two times the legal limit, which is also a violation of policy.
The second case was launched against Gary Lee, an officer assigned to the 4th District. In February 2012, he called into work and said that he was sick. However, investigators learned that he had actually worked at a side-business he personally owns.
Lee was dismissed for violating the department’s Honesty and Truthfulness policy as well as the Performance of Duty role. He was a 28 year veteran of the department.