Two New Orleans Police officers have been dismissed after internal investigations into alleged wrongdoing revealed both had violated multiple departmental policies.
In February of 2012, August Michel, who joined the NOPD in 1998, was accused of going into a bar in the 600-block of Bourbon Street with his departmental gun. Michel got into a fight with a customer inside the business, and was later treated for injuries at a nearby hospital. Substance abuse tests determined that Michel’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. When questioned about the allegations by NOPD investigators, Michel admitted to violating NOPD’s policies on “Possession of a Firearm on the Premises of an Alcoholic Beverage Outlet” and “Use of Alcohol/Drugs Off-Duty to the Extent of Impairment or Offensive Behavior.”
Michel most recently worked in the Vice/Narcotics division.
Gary Lee, who was most recently assigned to the 4th District, was investigated after calling in sick one day last February, not showing up for his NOPD shift, but allegedly working that very same day at a side-business he personally owns. Investigators concluded Lee violated the department’s Honesty and Truthfulness policy as well as the Performance of Duty rule.
Lee was a 28 year veteran of the NOPD.
Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “In these cases we have one officer who greatly put the public’s safety at risk by his actions, and another who neglected his responsibility to the public in order for him to make personal gains. This is inexcusable behavior which we do not take lightly. It goes against what this department stands for.”
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Contact: Remi Braden