Two New Orleans cops axed in taped assault (external - login to view)
NEW ORLEANS -- Two officers were fired Wednesday for a beating in the French Quarter shortly after Hurricane Katrina that was photographed and videotaped by The Associated Press. A third officer was suspended.
A union official vowed to fight the firings of officers Robert Evangelist and Lance Schilling for their role in the beating of 64-year-old Robert Davis. Officer Stuart Smith was suspended for 120 days.
The officers' lawyer said the department rushed the firings. Ordinarily, said attorney Frank DeSalvo, a dismissal occurs only after an officer has been tried on criminal charges.
"They never thought they'd get a fair shake from this department," DeSalvo said. "The guys fully expected what happened to happen."[/teaser]
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A fair shake? come on! I saw the video. They deserved to be fired. They should also be charged with hate crimes and I hope the victim sues them personally in addition the the police department and city.