Former NOPD officer sues over firing for trial testimony

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police detective has filed a lawsuit claiming she was wrongfully fired after testifying for the defense in the trial of 5 other officers charged in a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina.

The federal lawsuit filed Monday claims Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas violated the free speech rights of Catherine Beckett and fired her because she wasn't "aligned" with a Justice Department investigation of Henry Glover's shooting death.

Beckett had testified that a former colleague confided in her that she lied to the grand jury probing Glover's death because she was still angry about an argument she had with former Lt. Robert Italiano, who was acquitted of submitting a false report on Glover's shooting.

Serpas has said Beckett violated department rules and regulations based on her testimony.

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