Covering Louisiana

Aug 18, 2014 12:13 PM by AP

New Orleans' police chief announces retirement

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans' police Superintendent Ronal Serpas is leaving after four years on the job. He says he has a new job but did not say what it is.

He has come under fire from officers upset by changes to rules for off-duty work and to disciplinary policies that sent scores of officers out of the department.

And, though the 156 homicides in New Orleans last year was the lowest in decades, recent mass shootings have the city upset. Those included one in the French Quarter that killed one man and injured nine, and one in the Lower 9th Ward that killed two people and wounded five, including a mother and her two sons, aged 2 and 4.

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