NEW ORLEANS (NBC News) — Two rookie New Orleans police officers have been fired and charged with simple battery after they put a man in the hospital following a bar fight.
The wounds on Jorge Gomez’s face are visible, the end result of what he says was a violent attack at the hands of NOPD officers.
The NOPD says everything started late Monday night inside the Mid-City Yacht Club. Gomez, who lives in the neighborhood, told WDSU he was inside the bar when the two officers, who were not in uniform, started to question him about his military service and nationality.
“He told me I was a fake American and I was not in the national war either. I told him I served a tour of duty in Iraq.”
Gomez said the attack began after he tried to leave.
“They started telling me that he was going to kill me,” he said. Gomez said they never identified as police officers.
The NOPD was called out and collected videotape evidence from the bar and neighbors. The involved officers, John Galman and Spencer Sutton, had only been on the job for about 6 months. Both now face simple battery charges.
In a statement, the NOPD says: “Members of our department are expected to comply with the law and adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct, whether on- or off-duty.”