New Orleans Commander Accused of Using Racial Slurs Resigns

New Orleans Commander Accused of Using Racial Slurs Resigns

New Orleans Police Commander Eddie Selby resigned Thursday in light of being accused of issuing “possible inappropriate instructions” to his Special Operations Division officers last Friday.

Published July 8, 2011

New Orleans Police Commander Eddie Selby, a 36-year veteran, resigned on Thursday in light of being accused of issuing “possible inappropriate instructions” to his Special Operations Division officers last Friday.

 

Police Commander Selby was under investigation by the New Orleans Police Department’s Public Integrity Bureau. He was accused of making offensive comments about those attending the predominately Black event, the Essence Music Festival, which occurred over the Fourth of July weekend.

 

The allegations were brought to the attention of Deputy Superintendent Marlon Defillo on Sunday afternoon.

 

New Orleans Superintendent Ronal Serpas wanted to ensure that the alleged inappropriate comments did not result in unfair or biased police action. He ordered that the members of Selby’s team be interviewed about the reported racial slurs.

 

Though Selby has retired, according to Serpas, the investigation is still ongoing.

 

(Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty)

Written by Danielle Wright

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