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cnn.com: Inspector: No sign of investigation in 1,111 New Orleans sex crime-related calls


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New Orleans (CNN) -- The report is full of harrowing details alleging that five New Orleans Police Department detectives in the special victims unit may have failed to investigate sex crimes over a three-year period.

But one case stands out.


According to the seven-page document released Wednesday by the city's Office of Inspector General, a 2-year-old was brought to a hospital emergency room after an alleged sexual assault. Tests would show the toddler had a sexually transmitted disease, the report said.


The detective in the case wrote in his report that the 2-year-old "did not disclose any information that would warrant a criminal investigation and closed the case," the inspector general's report said.


The detective -- identified only as "Detective A" -- is one of five officers whose reports were examined in the investigation. Only nine detectives worked in the special victims unit during the period that was investigated.

The detectives are not being identified because of the ongoing investigation, but their names have been provided to the NOPD's Public Integrity Bureau, the inspector general's report says.


Though the detectives weren't identified, Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux said they were not rookies. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said the detectives were "seasoned," and some had been with the NOPD for more than a decade.


"These people should have known... the right way to do things," Quatrevaux said.


The inspector general's findings indicate "there was no effective supervision of these five detectives over a three-year period. Nor could there have been any effective supervision of the supervisors, or any review of the outcome of the cases assigned to these five detectives."


The Public Integrity Bureau identified 1,290 sex crime-related calls assigned to the five detectives and determined that in only 179 instances -- 13.9% -- did the detectives file "supplemental reports documenting any additional investigative efforts beyond the initial report; these 179 supplemental reports were the total written investigative product of the five detectives for sex crime-related calls for service for three years."



This story is crazy.  It looks like these detectives were simply coasting through jobs, or worse, and simply not doing their jobs.  Click the link, they have a lot of details of DNA labs sending requests to confirm positive matches and getting no response.  Cases where hospitals found evidence of abuse against children that were entirely ignored.  When the Inspector General would request missing reports for cases over a year old, those reports would be submitted but upon closer inspection they were created after they were requested and then back dated to match the case files. 


These cops are still employed though the article says they've been assigned patrol duty.  Patrol duty?  They sent these guys out into the public with guns and badges! 

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Realistically, was anyone expecting different from New Orleans PD?

I think most people would assume that someone supervises detectives to an extent where they would notice 5 of them not actually doing their jobs. These guys essentially blew off most of their work and no one was in position to notice. I think people expect a management plan built on more than rainbow stickers and wishful thinking.

People expect favoritism and maybe some corruption, I don't think they expect a total absence of management.

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