NOPD sergeant reassigned after alleged remark about Obama
NEW ORLEANS - On the eve of President Barack Obama's visit to New Orleans, an NOPD sergeant was reassigned for allegedly making an offensive comment about him.
Sgt. Chris Landry was reassigned from the Training Academy, where he was a firearms instructor, to the First District.
Sources tell FOX 8 that during a training class Thursday, while talking about firearms and animals, Landry allegedly referred to the president as an animal.
Landry also serves as the first vice president of the executive board for the Fraternal Order of Police. FOP spokesman Raymond Burkart III said the board is investigating and Landry is cooperating.
"We don't believe any comments that have been made or would have been made by Sgt. Landry in any way, shape or form, would have been biased against anyone, and I think if he had the opportunity to apologize to anyone he may have offended, he would," Burkart said. "But we're just not sure exactly what he said, or if he violated department policy or FOP policy, so we're just waiting to finish our investigation."
NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas released a statement saying that it was imperative that he reassign Landry.
"The entire purpose of our officer retraining program is to continuously improve the way our officers interact with the public," the statement said. "Offensive remarks made by any officer are simply not tolerated in this department."