The New Orleans Police Department has had a tough enough time policing the city, now they have to deal with one of their own.
According to WAFB, A New Orleans police officer was “arrested last week on charges of drunk driving while on duty.” Officer Denzel Millon was allegedly driving his tagged NOPD cruiser with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he crashed into several vehicles in the Warehouse District.
Millon’s BAC was 0.186 when he took the breathalyser test around 4am on Thursday 28 July. The state’s legal limit for legally operating a vehicle is 0.08.
The officer was arrested and booked with the DWI and was driving on a lane closed to traffic according to WAFB report. During a news conference on Wednesday, NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson publicly confirmed the officer’s DWI arrest for the first time while discussing other matters at police headquarters.
Ferguson seemed visibly upset as he addressed what WAFB described as “a poorly kept secret in law enforcement circles.” Reporters would have asked about the incident earlier, but apparently roof damage prevented them from accessing records of the DWI incident.
Ferguson appeared to defend the fact that the New Orleans Police Department had not mentioned the incident for the past week.
If you don’t ask us, we won’t just go and tell you. We don’t have to report everything like this. We are not obliged to do this. But still, it’s not something we’re hiding. Something just happened and now we’re going to tell you about it. As is usual, he will be reassigned pending further investigation. He was arrested, has his right to due process, but is being reassigned pending these investigations.
Ferguson’s body language remained irritated when pressed for NOPD’s “apparent lack of transparency”.
I do not agree with it. We haven’t done that in the past. We’ve never done that before. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with this, but we’ve never done it. But when asked, we admit.
Meanwhile, the New Orleans Police Department is grappling with recent news that it currently has the fastest rising homicide rate in the country as the city continues to deal with brazen crime on a daily basis.
An attorney representing Millon did not immediately respond to WAFB’s call, but we will update this story once more information becomes available.
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