03/29/2007

2 N.O. officers fired for misconduct, excessive force

By Walt Philbin
Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS — Two New Orleans Police officers have been fired for misconduct and brutality and a supervisor was suspended for 100 days for not taking proper diciplinary action, a department spokesman said late Wednesday night.

Officer Max Johnson, a four-year police veteran, was fired for excessive force and neglect of duty for his role in a mid-February incident, said Sgt. Joe Narcisse. Johnson stopped a person he said was involved in suspicious activity. He used excessive force in confronting the man, police said. The man, who was not arrested, later filed a complaint with the department's Public Integrity Bureau.

Jonathan Brown, an 8th District officer on the police force for three years, was fired for excessive force, lack of "truthfulness," and a lack of professionalism for his role in an off-duty bar fight. Brown was in plain clothes when he got into a fight early February inside a local bar. The other man involved in the fight filed a complaint with police.

Sgt. James Young was inside the bar where Brown fought, police said. For his lack of professionalism and "truthfulness," Young was suspended for 100 days, police said.

Brown and Johnson could not be reached for comment. Both men were fired Wednesday following closed disciplinary hearings in which supervisors recommended their dismissal, police said.

Further details of the firings were not available.

Copyright 2007 The Times-Picayune Publishing Company

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