NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Police Department terminated three officers and suspended a fourth officer for their involvement in a "use of force" incident, according to Chief Michael Harrison.
- Officer Alfred Moran (most recently assigned to the 8th District)
- Officer Lewis Simmons (most recently assigned to the 8th District)
- Officer Christopher Jennings (most recently assigned to the 3rd District)
Suspended for five days without pay:
- Officer Jeffery Tyler (most recently assigned to the 8th District)
Based on body camera footage obtained from one of the officers, around 11:47 p.m., at the NOPD Eighth District station on Sept. 30, 2015, Officer Alfred Moran was seen striking a handcuffed prisoner while he was seated on a bench.
The altercation was reported to the Public Integrity Bureau the following day after an internal review of the camera footage.
PIB launched a criminal and administrative investigation into the incident, according to police.
The prisoner was under arrest for public intoxication and the officers had detained the man at the station while they completed paperwork. At some point, Moran and the prisoner got into a verbal altercation that turned physical.
Moran struck the man while the other officers watched the incident. No one reported it to supervisors, according to Harrison.
"Today's decision demonstrates that the NOPD is committed to ethical and constitutional policing and that we will not tolerate anything less," Harrison said.