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July 09, 2008

New Orleans Police React Swiftly and Decisively to Egregious Rules-Breaker Within Their Midst

The NOPD is, I'm guessing, among the top three one most corrupt PD's in the country.

So it's good to know they've finally decided to take a stand against police lawlessness.

With minutes left in the last shift of his 35-year New Orleans police career, Sgt. Bobby Guidry received a call from a supervisor telling him he had been suspended for wearing the wrong uniform shirt, the veteran officer said.

The Police Department confirmed the censure Tuesday, though it quibbled with the term "suspended." Rather, Guidry is "under investigation for wearing the wrong uniform," said Police Department spokesman Bob Young.

Instead of the standard-issue all-black uniform, Guidry, a veteran officer in the city's Uptown 2nd District, chose the powder-blue uniform shirt that he wore to work for more than three decades.

He viewed it as a simple statement, not an affront to rules or department leadership.

"Eighteen people died in the line of duty in that powder-blue shirt while I was with the department," Guidry said. "I went to each of those funerals. I wore that shirt on a Saturday, on my last day, out of respect for them."

...The department's Public Integrity Bureau then opened a formal investigation with about 15 minutes left in Guidry's career.

The punishment will not affect Guidry's pension or benefits, but, as it stands now, he will not receive his retired police commission and will not be accepted into the NOPD's reserve unit, for which he had applied, Young said.

It should be noted that the hundreds of NO police who fled their posts during Hurricane Katrina were wearing the proper uniforms as they left their fellow citizens to die.

It's just a matter of professionalism.

Thanks to RobG.


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