La. cop investigated in neglect of duty;


PANO calls case a political witch hunt

Copyright 2006 The Times-Picayune Publishing Company 
 
By WALT PHILBIN
Times-Picayune
 
A 30-year police veteran and commander of the NOPD Traffic Division is the subject of an internal administrative investigation into what Superintendent Warren Riley said Tuesday are allegations of payroll fraud and neglect of duty.

But a police association spokesman called the inquiry a witch hunt fueled by the officer's "longtime personal friendship" with the family of Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, Mayor Ray Nagin's opponent in the May 20 runoff election.

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