Fired Cop Resigns from DA’s Office

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The Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office announced this morning that David Lapene has resigned from the DA’s investigative staff. New Orleans Police Superintendent Warren Rily fired Lapene, a five-year NOPD veteran, in May for his involvement in barroom brawl at the Beach Corner Lounge in February 2008. After reviewing the case file on the Beach Corner Lounge incident and determining there wasn’t sufficient evidence against the officer to warrant a battery charge, DA Leon Cannizzaro recently hired Lapene to serve as a DA investigator.

     In his resignation letter, Lapene said he didn’t want to be a distraction for Cannizzaro’s office, and wrote “that continuing my employment with you could interfere with your good work in attempting to make a positive difference in this community.”

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