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NOPD officers face felony charges

Four cops suspended in one month

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  Within three weeks in July, the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) suspended four officers facing felony charges, three of whom were charged with domestic abuse.

  • July 11: Detective Robert Hurst was placed on emergency suspension without pay following a Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) domestic abuse investigation that began in April. The Orleans Parish District Attorney's office announced July 16 that an attempted murder charge against Hurst — a 10-year NOPD veteran — would be dropped, though he still faces a simple battery charge, allegedly against a girlfriend.

  • July 14: Officer Christopher Carter was placed on emergency suspension without pay following a PIB domestic abuse investigation that began in January. Carter, another 10-year veteran, was placed on administrative reassignment in May. He faces domestic abuse battery and domestic abuse strangulation charges.

  • July 28: Another 10-year veteran officer, Stephanie Caldwell, was placed on emergency suspension without pay following her arrest for aggravated domestic assault and simple domestic battery, as well as reckless operation of a vehicle, hit-and-run and driving against traffic. Caldwell allegedly attacked her husband following an argument. According to Criminal District Court, she faces only the assault and battery charges.

  • July 29: Officer Willie A. Gant — a 26-year veteran — was placed on emergency suspension without pay following his arrest on two charges of indecent behavior with juveniles and two counts of sexual battery on a juvenile. PIB alleges that Gant had sexually assaulted a 12-year-old at his home.

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