[Statement from the New Orleans Police Department]
New Orleans Police Department- Public Information Office
Superintendent Serpas Notifies Giroir of Pre-termination Hearing;
(March 27, 2012)- At 3pm this afternoon, Public Integrity Bureau Chief Arlinda Westbrook notified Jason Giroir that allegations of misconduct against him had been sustained, and that Superintendent Ronal Serpas was calling for a Pre-termination hearing regarding Giroir’s departmental violations as per existing policies and procedures. Upon learning this, Giroir submitted his resignation to the NOPD.
Superintendent Serpas said, “From the moment I was informed yesterday afternoon that Jason Giroir admitted to PIB investigators that he did write the offensive comments on the news station’s website, I immediately questioned his abilities to continue as a New Orleans police officer. My responsibility to the people of New Orleans, as well as to the professional officers on this police force, demanded I take swift action in this matter. I have accepted Giroir’s resignation, and believe it is in the best interest of this department and this city”.
Superintendent Serpas was alerted yesterday that Giroir had posted offensive comments below a news story on local television station’s website regarding Trayvon Martin. Martin, who was 17-years-old, was shot and killed last month by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer in Sanford, Florida. After hearing that Giroir admitted he posted the remarks, Superintendent Serpas immediately suspended him indefinitely from the NOPD without pay.
Giroir was found to have violated the following NOPD regulations:
Rule 3- Professional Conduct- Paragraph 1- Professionalism
Rule 3 - Professional Conduct- Paragraph 13- Social Networking Websites, Facebook, Myspace, Print or Transmitted Media, Etc.
Rule 4- Performance of Duty- Paragraph 2- Instructions from an Authoritative Source to wit Chapter 22.12 (2c).
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