Police officers arrested, fired after allegedly beating up Latino man, calling him a 'fake American'

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http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brief...d-fired-after-allegedly-beating-up-latino-man


Two New Orleans police officers were fired this week after being arrested and charged for allegedly beating a Latino man at a bar and calling him a "fake American."

The New Orleans Advocate reported that John Galman and Spencer Sutton, who were in a probationary employment period after graduating from police training academy in December, were charged with simple battery on Tuesday in connection with the assault of 36-year-old George Gomez.

Gomez told the Advocate that one of the men confronted him for wearing military camouflage shirt and pants.
“He asked me if I was American,” Gomez said. “I told him yes, and he got mad because he said I was fake.”

Gomez said he told the officer he was born in the U.S. but grew up in Honduras before returning to New Orleans to serve in the National Guard.

“They kept telling me I was not an American citizen and I was a 'fake American,'" he told the outlet.

Gomez said the two men tried to stop him from driving home in his truck and assaulted him. He was hospitalized with severe injuries after the incident and has since been released.

“It was a violent fight," Gomez said. "It just took me by surprise.”

Court records say that the confrontation began over Gomez’s military service. He served in the Louisiana National Guard for five years, a spokesperson confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Law enforcement sources defending Sutton and Galman told the Advocate that the fight occurred after the off-duty officers saw Gomez trailing them and believed Gomez to have been waving a “heavy walking stick” to use as a weapon.

Gomez says that the stick was a cane he uses for back problems.

New Orleans Police Department Superintendent Michael Harrison said in a statement that the investigation “clearly demonstrates that our officers were the aggressors in this incident.”

“Members of our department are expected to comply with the law and adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct, whether on- or off-duty,” Harrison said.

“The swift pace at which the Public Integrity Bureau investigated this incident and the decisive actions taken by the [New Orleans Police Department] today by arresting the officers and starting the termination process clearly demonstrate how seriously our department views their actions.”



Woohoo we have cops now beating up veterans but no it isn't racism. It isn't Trumpism.
 

allisolm

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The cops were fired and criminally charged, as they should have been.
 

sdifox

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I hope they go to jail and put into same block as violent criminals.
 

Jhhnn

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Good work by the NOPD for weeding them out early in their careers.
 

UNCjigga

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Good work by the NOPD for weeding them out early in their careers.
True, but I wonder if police academies are getting more MAGA-type recruits in recent years. Nothing to fear without real data though.
 

Commodus

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In all the cases of police force we've discussed here, I can only recall one other case where the cops were charged quickly, and it also was in the state of Louisiana.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Jeremy_Mardis

Maybe they actually have their act together on addressing police brutality.

Not sure they're completely out of the weeds, but this might stem from the responses to New Orleans' notorious problems with police abuses of power. Put in enough corrective systems and you make it hard for officers to get away with incidents like this, at least when there's some tangible evidence.
 

woolfe9998

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Not sure they're completely out of the weeds, but this might stem from the responses to New Orleans' notorious problems with police abuses of power. Put in enough corrective systems and you make it hard for officers to get away with incidents like this, at least when there's some tangible evidence.

I think one of the key reforms is suggested by the conduct of the DA in the Mardis case:

Charles Riddle, the district attorney for Avoyelles Parish, recused himself from the case because Officer Greenhouse's father is an assistant district attorney in his office. The office of the attorney general of Louisiana prosecuted the cases of Greenhouse and Stafford.

This DA did the right thing and recused himself, sending the case up to the state AG instead. This should be the law in cases where police are suspected of crimes. State authorities should handle those cases because the local DA's are too close to the police.
 
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Looks like responsible police administrators are charging and prosecuting a couple of evil probationary police officers.

I do find it funny that a couple of diseased fuckholes try to blame President Trump for their actions as if illegal police violence never happened until he got into office.
 

esquared

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Looks like responsible police administrators are charging and prosecuting a couple of evil probationary police officers.

I do find it funny that a couple of diseased fuckholes try to blame President Trump for their actions as if illegal police violence never happened until he got into office.
Fuck off russkie.

You're the disease that we're trying to get rid off, so we all can get this country going back in the right direction.
 
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