NOPD officers arrested after fight

NOPD officers arrested after fight

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The NOPD has arrested two officers and begun termination proceedings after the Public Integrity Bureau investigated their involvement in an off-duty incident where the officers committed battery on a man in the area near the 400 block of South St. Patrick Street.

The two officers involved in the incident are John Galman and Spencer Sutton. Both have been arrested and charged with simple battery. PIB investigators are continuing their investigation to determine whether more serious charges are warranted.

According to NOPD, the victim sustained severe injuries and was taken to the hospital. He has since been released.

The PIB investigation, which began early Tuesday morning, discovered sufficient evidence that Galman and Sutton were the aggressors in the assault.

Both officers recently graduated from the NOPD Training Academy in December of 2017 and are still in a probationary employment period.

Following is a statement from Superintendent Michael Harrison.

"After gathering multiple video accounts and eyewitness statements, the evidence collected by our PIB investigators clearly demonstrates that our officers were the aggressors in this incident. Members of our department are expected to comply with the law and adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct, whether on- or off-duty. The swift pace at which the Public Integrity Bureau investigated this incident and the decisive actions taken by the NOPD today by arresting the officers and starting the termination process clearly demonstrate how seriously our department views their actions."

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