FOX 8 Investigates: NOPD settles dispute with former cop - FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans News, Weather, Sports

FOX 8 Investigates: NOPD settles dispute with former cop


Baton Rouge, La. - A former New Orleans Police Department sergeant who claims he was pressured into resigning from the force has cleared up his personnel file.

FOX 8 has learned that the NOPD has revoked the original resignation of Ronald Ruiz, which happened during a traffic stop now at the center of a lawsuit.

FOX 8 first brought you details of the lawsuit and the exclusive video of the traffic stop in question, Friday night.

Ruiz was on medical leave from the NOPD after filing a worker's comp claim last December. On New Year's Eve, officers with the Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) of the NOPD followed Ruiz in his personal vehicle as he drove through Metairie with his wife and two-year-old child.

At some point, the officers, who were not in uniform, boxed him in on West Metairie Ave. in unmarked units, turning on their lights and sirens. The video goes on to show Lieutenant Mike Harrison, who is now a commander, questioning Ruiz about his worker's comp claim, even showing him surveillance video that PIB had gathered.

Harrison then suggests Ruiz retire on the spot and offers him a resignation letter that was already drawn up. Ruiz eventually signs it.

Now, FOX 8 has confirmed that resignation from December has been thrown out. It was listed in his personnel file as a resignation under investigation. Instead, the NOPD and Ruiz agreed to a settlement, which civil service signed off on Monday.

Because there was an allegation that PIB officers coerced Ruiz into resigning, he was allowed to re-submit his own letter of resignation and it is now considered a simple resignation in his file.

The NOPD would not comment since a lawsuit has been filed over the traffic stop, which Ruiz's attorney calls a blatant violation of civil rights.

Basically the civil service settlement clears Ruiz's name. It is unclear what impact the settlement will have on the lawsuit.

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