Mother of murdered HANO officer demands answers from investigators

Mom pleads for answers in case of slain HANO officer

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The mother of a murdered HANO officer is demanding results seven months after her son's death.

"It's just a nightmare. We're not living. I wanted peace," Chung Bennett said.

Her son, James Bennett Jr., was killed in his police cruiser on May 24 while patrolling a HANO construction site in Central City. The NOPD is leading the investigation into Bennett's death and says the case is active. HANO and ATF agents are assisting. The investigation has revealed little, and police have yet to name a suspect.

"My son is 45-years-old. He's got a long life to live. Do they care? I don't think anybody cares," Bennett said.

Bennett wants authorities to increase the reward to try and persuade more people to come forward. A source close to the investigation said as little as two weeks ago, NOPD, HANO and AFT met to discuss the investigation and are pursuing active leads.

But the grieving mother is looking for answers from investigators and those responsible for her son's death.

"I don't know what reason they killed my son. I hope they have a happy holiday," she said. "People will punish them. God will punish them."

Crimestoppers, at (504) 822-1111, is offering $10,000 for tips that lead to an arrest and indictment. Callers do not have to give their names to be eligible for the reward.

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