60 New Orleans police officers fired for abandoning posts during Katrina

[JURIST] New Orleans Police Chief Warren Riley [official profile] said Thursday that the city has fired 60 police officers and suspended 25 more for failing to show up for duty during Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive]. Riley, who was sworn into office on Nov. 28, stated that cleaning the police department's image was a top priority. During the hurricane many officers were stranded and unable to communicate with bosses, others are accused of abandoning their posts. Police officials have completed 42 of 228 disciplinary hearings [JURIST report] of officers accused of abandoning their posts. AP has more.

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