NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A New Orleans police officer whose conviction was overturned in the death of Henry Glover is back on the force.
Protesters turned out Monday as the Civil Service Commission voted to approve Lt. Travis McCabe's reinstatement. According to our partners at The Lens, there are questions as to whether the vote was legal because it came after an unscheduled and unannounced executive session, but McCabe's attorney says there was no reason for his client to be punished any longer.
City Hall couldn't say exactly how much back pay McCabe will receive. They say the amount is still being calculated.
McCabe said nothing as he left the Civil Service hearing. He was originally charged with falsifying the report on Glover's death. Glover was shot by another NOPD officer outside an Algiers strip mall just after Katrina.
McCabe's conviction was overturned after a new report surfaced bolstering his case.
Glover's relatives are not happy with the outcome.
"Travis is the main thing," said his cousin, Tyrone Glover. "The other guy killed Henry, but Travis is the one who prevented him from coming to justice with it."
"I think it was the right thing to do," said McCabe's attorney, Eric Hessler. "The legal cause ceased to exist once the government declined to pursue the charges."
The NOPD released a statement saying that the department had begun the reinstatement process, and that "once that is completed Lt. McCabe will attend training as required to update him on policies...and he will ultimately be assigned to the Field Operations Bureau."