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Louisiana Supreme Court reverses 4th Circuit Court's ruling

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New Orleans – A former NOPD officer won't be going back to work after The Louisiana Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. That decision by the Fourth Circuit allowed Patrick O'Hern to get his job back after he was accused of firing his police gun at his personal vehicle. The incident happened on December 12, 2009, while ‘O'Hern was on duty. 

O'Hern was fired by the NOPD but the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned that decision, ruling that the Public Integrity Bureau violated the Police Officers' Bill of Rights when the bureau did not conduct an administrative investigation, until the NOPD wrapped up their criminal investigation.

According to the Louisiana State Supreme Court's website, the Supreme Court's decision came down on Friday. By reversing the NOPD's decision, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Public Integrity Bureau's investigation took too long. The Supreme Court ruled that the NOPD's decision to fire O'Hern was within the confines of the law and that their disciplinary action against O'Hern was appropriate.

"Our position all along was that the NOPD was not violating the Police Officer Bill of Rights, and the State Supreme Court affirmed that fact yesterday.  Our internal investigators will continue to conduct criminal and administrative cases within the law", said Superintendent Ronal Serpas.

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