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New Orleans police officer fired for off-duty fight

1 year 7 months 2 weeks ago April 18, 2015 Apr 18, 2015 Saturday, April 18 2015 April 18, 2015 11:25 AM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

NEW ORLEANS - A 25-year police veteran has been fired for an off-duty fight after a minor traffic accident, although he was acquitted of battery in September.

A police news release says Officer Tracy Fulton picked the fight, acted unprofessionally and failed to meet service standards in the fight with Eladio Cruz in 2013. He was fired after a disciplinary hearing Friday.

The department says Fulton grabbed Cruz's shirt, punched his face and kicked his stomach, breaking bones in his face and causing a concussion.

Defense attorney Eric Hessler says that Fulton plans to appeal.

Police Superintendent Michael Harrison says the department does not have any place for people who mistreat those they have sworn to protect and serve.

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