New Orleans police officer fired
NEW ORLEANS - Officials say a New Orleans police officer has been fired for clocking in overtime when he allegedly was doing personal business.
Police spokeswoman Remi Braden tells The Advocate that Sgt. John Hunter was fired "after a lengthy, undercover Public Integrity Bureau investigation revealed that he had committed payroll fraud."
Hunter's attorney, Eric Hessler, said the termination was illegal because it took far too long for the department to review the allegations. The Louisiana Police Officers Bill of Rights states that investigations must be completed within 60 days, with an additional 60 days allowed with a petition to the Civil Service Commission.
Hessler said the investigation started more than two years ago when Hunter was in a unit screening old cases that might be ripe for DNA matches.