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New Orleans Deputy Suspended For Not Intervening to Stop Rape

A New Orleans deputy constable has been suspended after a 911 call went viral in which a woman said an officer refused to stop a rape in progress in the French Quarter. The New Orleans Police Department opened an internal investigation into an unusual 911 call about a rape in plain sight on July 26. In the call, a witness said she flagged down an officer a block away from the ongoing sexual assault, and that officer failed to respond to the passed out victim, reports WWL-TV. The incident drew national attention after The Lens obtained a recording of the five-minute 911 call.

In a news conference addressing outrage over the 911 call, New Orleans Police Superintendent Shaun Ferguson said the woman was speaking with a deputy constable from the Orleans Parish Second District Court. Constable Edwin Shorty confirmed that a deputy was suspended indefinitely without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation. The deputy is a law enforcement officer with 30 years of experience, Shorty said, and at the time of the alleged rape he was working a security detail for a movie being shot in the French Quarter. In the 911 call, a woman says, "Two police officers just drove by. I know they saw that, and they did not stop. Somebody needs to respond to that. She is being raped." As the minutes pass, the woman can be heard growing more frantic, and she considers confronting the rapist herself.


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