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Friday, October 07, 2005
  Clanking Brass Balls. If you are going to run like a coward, you might as well do it in style.
NOLA.com: T-P Orleans Parish Breaking News Weblog: "Acting New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Riley said Thursday that as many as 40 officers from the department's 3rd District, including the commanding captain, are 'under scrutiny' for possibly bolting the city in the clutch and heading to Baton Rouge in Cadillacs from a New Orleans dealership.

'It is a subject that is under review,' Riley said, stopping short of saying he has launched a formal investigation. Asked if Capt. Donald Paisant, who replaced Capt. James Scott as the 3rd District commander, was a part of that review, Riley said, 'Certainly the commander of that district is under scrutiny.'

Last week, after reports surfaced that the Louisiana attorney general's office was investigating the alleged theft of about 200 cars from Sewell Cadillac Chevrolet, possibly by NOPD officers, Riley revealed his own internal investigations. All told, Riley said 12 officers were under investigation for looting or failing to combat looting in their presence, four officers had been suspended and one had been reassigned.

He acknowledged then that an unspecified number of officers were being looked at for their alleged involvement in the Sewell incident, which took place in the first four days after Katrina ripped through town. "
 
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