La. court overturns firing of cop in beating case

By Brendan McCarthy

NEW ORLEANS — A state appeals court has overruled the New Orleans Police Department's decision to terminate an officer involved in a high-profile, videotaped altercation weeks after Hurricane Katrina in which he and another officer allegedly beat a 64-year-old retired teacher on Bourbon Street.

The court ruling essentially paves the way for former officer Robert Evangelist to return to duty, with full back pay, barring a further appeal by the city to the state Supreme Court.

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