The New Orleans Police Department is searching for a missing officer, and is requesting the public's assistance in the search, the department announced in a press release this afternoon.
Bryant Louis, a 47-year-old NOPD officer, was last seen leaving his home in the 6300-block of Essex Court around 4 p.m. Sunday, the department said. Louis is an African-American male, approximately 200 pounds and 5'8" tall.
Police say Louis may be in the Baton Rouge area, possibly driving a red 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck with license plate W971803.
The NOPD plans to expand its use of Tasers and ban pepper spray. Although the police department considers both “intermediate” uses of force, Tasers have been linked to more deaths. The department says it’s easier to track their use.
The New Orleans Police Department is expanding its use of Tasers and dropping pepper spray from its arsenal as part of a consent decree addressing complaints over police brutality, training and civil rights violations.
The department says it’s dropping pepper spray because its cops hardly ever use it — just eight times so far in 2012, compared to 140 Taser discharges. The department prefers Tasers in part because it’s easier to track their use; the devices count how many times they’re discharged and onboard cameras provide video of incidents.
New Orleans Police will conduct a DWI checkpoint "in the Orleans Parish area" tonight, the Department said in a press release.
The checkpoint will begin at approximately 9 p.m., and conclude around 5 a.m. Friday morning, NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams said. Motorists are advised to have proof of insurance and a driver's license if requested, but should experience minimal delays.
“I would like to remind all drivers to always drink responsibly and use a designated driver,” said NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas.
Bail has been set at $1 million for a 21-year-old man suspected of firing a gun through the bedroom window of an eastern New Orleans home early Monday, killing a local college freshman and badly wounding her boyfriend.
The Times-Picayune reports 21-year-old Jeffery Washington is accused of the second-degree murder of 18-year-old Marguerite Washington, and the attempted second-degree murder of 19-year-old Justin Alexander.
Police say the shooting occurred while the victims were asleep.
A 51-year-old man has been was arrested in the theft of used cooking oil from a fried chicken restaurant in Farmerville, La.
Sheriff Bob Buckley told The News-Star Michael Sanderson, of Monroe, was booked Monday into the Union Parish Detention Center for felony theft of more than $1,500. He posted a $3,500 bond and was released.
Buckley says Crime Stoppers of Union Parish received an immediate response when a photograph of the truck used in the thefts was released.