New Orleans fires 80 police officers

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – More than 80 police officers have been fired and up to 60 suspended for failing to show up or abandoning their posts after Hurricane Katrina, the police chief said Thursday.

Police Superintendent Warren Riley announced the updated tally as he promised to thoroughly investigate and act on any charges of misconduct against his officers.

The latest accusation of brutality was lodged by an officer’s wife, a black woman, who says three white officers beat her Tuesday after a traffic stop. On Thursday, Riley said that two of the accused officers were white, the third was black.

At Thursday’s news conference, held at the department’s Public Integrity Division, Riley said the beleaguered department is in the midst of post-Katrina reforms.

“We take our integrity very, very seriously,” Riley said.

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