NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A New Orleans Police Officer has been arrested on several domestic abuse battery charges.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into Larry King, Jr., in February.
Deputies say they learned of several domestic incidents involving Officer King and his wife.
The 45-year-old woman told investigators there were several incidents that happened between October and December of 2019.
Experts say it isn’t surprising that it took the alleged victim over a year to report what she says happened to her.
“It is very common for survivors,” says Mary Claire Landry, Executive Director of the New Orleans Family Justice Center. “Often time, they are blaming themselves and often times the offender is blaming her and saying ‘this is all your fault.’”
King’s wife accused the police officer of slapping her and threatening to kill her with a gun. She said she often had to wear long sleeves to hide the bruises he put on her arms.
In October of 2019, the woman told deputies King repeatedly slammed her head against the floor, causing headaches. She was later diagnosed with head trauma that produced a brain bleed and required surgery.
“When you’re in this dynamic,” Landry says, “It’s really hard to be objective about what’s going on. Especially the wife of a police officer.”
King was arrested on six felony charges, including strangulation, cruelty to the infirmed, aggravated assault with a firearm, and illegal use of a weapon.
The NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau arrested King and transported him to the Jefferson Parish Jail. King was placed on an emergency suspension.
Anyone convicted with a domestic violence misdemeanor or felony, including strangulation, is unable to lawfully carry a gun in the state of Louisiana.
“We need to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” NOPD Chief Shaun Ferguson said in a statement. “Two incidents involving this type of conduct in such a short period of time is troubling to me.”
King was previously arrested for domestic abuse in Jefferson Parish in 2009, also involving his wife. He allegedly bit his wife and tried to force a gun into her mouth. The District Attorney dismissed those charges. It is unclear why.
Landry says her office has done a lot of work with the NOPD and JPSO over the last 10 years to help them understand the seriousness of domestic abuse cases.
“I think we’re seeing that pay off,” she says. “Those relationships were built on trust. Helping us really protect survivors.”
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