|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2015
|NOPD OFFICER SUSPENDED AFTER JURY FINDS HIM GUILTY OF AGGRAVATED RAPE|
|NEW ORLEANS–Tonight, the NOPD announced that Officer Michael Thomassie has been placed on emergency suspension without pay after a jury found him guilty of aggravated rape. Thomassie, a 13-year-veteran of the NOPD, has been on administrative reassignment since July 2014 when the Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) and Child Abuse Unit launched a joint investigation into allegations that he raped a 7-year-old female in October 2003.
Tonight, after a two-day trial, a jury found Thomassie guilty of aggravated rape. Thomassie was immediately arrested and remanded to prison.
"I am disgusted by the unspeakable actions of this officer, and based on this conviction, I am taking immediate steps to remove him from within our ranks," said NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison. "There is no place in this department for officers who choose to commit acts of violence. My thoughts and prayers are with the victim, her family and the family of Officer Thomassie during this tragic situation."
PIB will begin the Civil Service termination process immediately.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2015
|NOPD INVESTIGATING A MURDER ON DELACHAISE STREET
NEW ORLEANS – The NOPD is investigating the shooting death of a 30-year-old male. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family members. The incident took place August 3, 2015, in the 2200 block of Delachaise Street.
At approximately 8:00 p.m., police responded to a call of a male shot and upon their arrival found a male fatally shot lying in the street.
Emergency Medical Paramedics arrived on the scene and transported the victim to the hospital where he died.
The investigation is ongoing and detectives are investigating to determine a motive and suspect(s) in the incident.
Homicide Detective Joseph Jefferson is in charge of the investigation and can be contacted at 658-5300.
The Coroner will release the identity of the victim after notification of family members and will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org.
Officer Garry Flot H-03489-15