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NOPD reinstates officer who sued over firing


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The New Orleans Police Department has reinstated a detective who was fired after she testified as a defense witness during the 2010 trial of five other former officers charged in a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina.

A statement from the department Thursday said it has withdrawn disciplinary charges that Catherine Becket violated department rules and regulations for moral conduct, neglect of duty and restricted activities based on her trial testimony.

Becket sued the City of New Orleans and Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas last year, claiming she was fired because she wasn't "aligned" with a Justice Department investigation of Henry Glover's shooting death.

Becket testified during the trial that a former colleague confided in her that she had lied to the grand jury investigating 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.

Former Sgt. Erin Reilly, a government witness for the trial, denied saying that to Becket. One of the prosecutors in the Glover case called Becket an "unmitigated liar."

A lawyer for Becket declined to comment on her reinstatement or the status of her lawsuit. Court records show that an order in the case was issued under seal on Thursday.

Jurors convicted a former officer, David Warren, of fatally shooting Glover without justification outside a strip mall less than a week after the 2005 storm. But a federal appeals court reversed Warren's convictions and ordered him a new trial, ruling he should have been tried separately from other officers charged in a cover-up.

Another former officer, Greg McRae, was convicted of burning Glover's body in a car. Jurors also convicted former Lt. Travis McCabe of writing a false report on the shooting, but U.S. District Judge Lance Africk later ordered him a new trial.

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