Five New Orleans police detectives entrusted to put rapists in jail and protect children from abusers routinely failed to conduct proper investigations, reports the city’s Times-Picayune. The New Orleans inspector general said Wednesday that the detectives wrote no investigative reports for 86 percent of the 1,290 sexual assault or child abuse calls they were assigned to investigate from 2011 through 2013. The detectives and two supervisors have been reassigned and are under investigation.
In 65 percent of the cases reviewed, detectives submitted no initial incident reports — a basic summary of allegations — because the detectives classified those calls as “miscellaneous” incidents that did not merit any documentation at all. Among the cases mishandled was that of a toddler who tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease and a child who complained of abuse by a registered sex offender living in the same house. Police Superintendent Michael Harrison said he was “deeply disturbed” by the allegations.