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Mayor: Bungled rape cases will be investigated

1 year 11 months 5 days ago November 18, 2014 Nov 18, 2014 Tuesday, November 18 2014 November 18, 2014 11:27 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Cain Burdeau

NEW ORLEANS - Mayor Mitch Landrieu promises hundreds of rape and child abuse cases that went largely ignored by five detectives over a three-year period will be reopened.

On Tuesday, Landrieu announced a special team of police officers would reopen the cases. Last week, a city inspector general's audit charged five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of more than 1,000 sex crimes and child abuse cases.

Landrieu calls the accusations against the detectives "a disgrace."

Landrieu says when he became mayor in 2010 the police department's sex crimes division was "failing." He said despite an overhaul in the division the new report showed "that we did not pull this problem out by the roots."

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