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NOPD officers face felony charges 

Four cops suspended in one month

  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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