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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Good Cops, Great Cops - Bodycam Footage of Police Shootout in New Orleans, Louisiana

** (Disclaimer: This video content is intended for educational and informational purposes only) ** Body camera and surveillance footage of an officer involved shooting that left a 40-year-old man dead in his New Orleans East apartment earlier this month was released by police officials Tuesday (May 28). The NOPD released the footage Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. After the video was shown to media, they briefly discussed the content of the video and where the investigation stands. According to the NOPD, the officers Stephen Jones, Kevin Nguyen and Wayne Lewis will all be put back on street by week’s end as the shooting has been deemed justifiable. Donald Davis, 40, was killed in the shooting. Police claim Davis screamed, "shoot me, I dare you" before firing his weapon at the officers first. The NOPD responded to an officer in distress call when officers discovered one person was killed by NOPD officers, according to NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson. The incident happened in the 6800 block of Parc Brittany Boulevard in New Orleans East. The NOPD released the following statement regarding the review of the officer's body cameras:

 "Superintendent Ferguson has reviewed video from the incident which clearly shows the suspect firing upon NOPD officers, who then returned fire, fatally wounding him. All officers involved in the incident were wearing their body-worn cameras. Those cameras were in operation and captured the incident. Per NOPD standard practice, the officers involved in this incident have been temporarily reassigned to administrative duty, pending further investigation. Additionally, the department’s video release policy has been initiated. NOPD’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) is working closely with the federal consent decree monitors, Independent Police Monitor, U.S. Attorney’s Office and FBI to ensure a thorough and transparent investigation."

 Preliminary investigation revealed that upon arrival three officers located the unknown armed adult male outside carrying a weapon and shots were fired. The adult male suspect was pronounced dead on scene, according to the NOPD. This incident is being investigated by the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau's Force Investigation Team as an officer-involved shooting. All officer-involved shooting protocols were initiated. The federal consent decree monitor and the Independent Police Monitor were duly notified and on scene. The internal investigation into this incident is underway. Per NOPD standard practice, the officers involved in this incident have been reassigned to administrative duty, pending the outcome of the investigation. 

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