New Orleans inspector general, police monitor at odds

Published: Sep. 10, 2013 at 2:18 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 29, 2016 at 8:56 PM CDT
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Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux
Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux

New Orleans, La. - New Orleans' inspector general is at odds with the city's police monitor after a newspaper editorial questioned the strained relationship between the two. Now, Ed Quatrevaux is releasing private emails to the media, in an attempt, he says, to set the record straight.

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux and Police Monitor Susan Hutson are not on the same page.

"We do have problems, we're trying to work through them," Quatrevaux said.

The two are at odds over the level of independence Hutson's office should have from the inspector general. But they're also disagreeing about an allegation that Quatrevaux has tried to suppress Hutson's work.

In 2011, Hutson issued a review of a State Police investigation. The investigation looked at former NOPD Assistant Superintendent Marlon Defillo's handling of the post-Katrina police shooting and burning of Henry Glover's body.

Quatrevaux on Monday sent the media copies of their email correspondence from 2011. At 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, Hutson sent a draft of the report out for official comment. It wasn't until later that she sent a copy to the inspector general.

"I was accused of suppressing her report but I had no chance to because she sent it out an hour before to the Police Department for comment before she sent it to me," Quatrevaux explained.

Also in the email correspondence that Quatrevaux sent the media Monday, a comment he made to Hutson which reads: "I never got to the findings because I could not understand what was being said. This paper would embarrass your office greatly if it were released in this condition."

We asked Quatrevaux if it was appropriate to send that comment out to the media, but he contends he was simply doing his job.

"I criticized work product of the police monitor," he said. "I've never heard any response to that. What I've heard are allegations against me. So my comment today was for the purpose of clearing the air."

In a statement to FOX 8, Susan Hutson said Quatrevaux's comments to the media were hard to follow, and in reference to his criticism of her report she said: "His remarks, at that time, about the report were mostly about style and were lacking in substance since he was unfamiliar with these types of investigations and NOPD policy."

We asked Quatrevaux how these disagreements with Hutson may affect the public's view of each of their roles in the city. He says there are always issues in government.