During the month of May, three police officers were arrested and charged with different accounts of domestic violence within the New Orleans area. Fifth District officer Robbie Bangham was involved in a verbal conflict with a 31 year old woman in Houma, ending with Bangham striking the woman several times with an eye witness account from a juvenile. On the 29th and 30th, two officers from the First District were booked for two different accounts of battery. Friday resulted in the arrest of Tristan Carter for attacking his wife, and threatening others at the Florida Ave post office, Mrs. Carter's place of employment. On Saturday, Douglas Butler was charged with domestic abuse battery following an altercation with his girlfriend of the last few years ending with him spitting in her face. The two had allegedly gotten into a fight earlier in the evening, and when the officers arrived, Butler admitted to being intoxicated and persisted in being "iterate, acting belligerently and cursing officers."
What does this say about the police force and its objective when its members are committing crimes when they were meant to protect the community. Each of the three officers charged with varying domestic violence cases were suspended without pay, but that does not mean that they will not soon be wearing a badge again. I you or anyone you know needs help with a domestic violence situation then please call Bloom Legal LLC at 504-599-9997.