Warren Riley chosen for Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame
As superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department for 4 1/2 years, Warren Riley presided over the rebuilding of a hurricane-fractured agency, working to restore flooded district stations and to return NOPD's manpower to near pre-Katrina level.
Of course, when he stepped down in May at the end of former Mayor Ray Nagin's second term, Riley also left a department facing several federal investigations, including several fatal shootings after Katrina.
Since then, Riley's successor, Ronal Serpas, has made a series of organizational changes to correct what he saw as a "bloated" executive staff.
Serpas also has reversed Riley's policy of barring the public from weekly NOPD supervisors' meetings.
Despite his mixed record, Riley will be inducted this month into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame, according to an announcement Friday by state Department of Public Safety and Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc, Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain and the Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum Foundation.
Others receiving the honor this year include retired Army Lt. Gen.Russel Honore, one of the heroes of the post-Katrina response; state Supreme Court Associate Justice Bernette Johnson; and the sheriffs of Bossier and Caddo parishes.
The so-called "heroes in justice" will be honored July 16 during an afternoon reception at the museum just outside the gates of the prison at Angola, then later that evening during a $50-a-head banquet at Boudreaux's Restaurant in Baton Rouge.
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“Time flies like an arrow...”
Since: Mar 07
"fruit flies like a banana"
#1 Jul 5, 2010
This is an insult to Gen.Russel Honore, the people of Louisiana (particularly the people of New Orleans), and to everyone already inducted.
Burl Cain, what the hell were you thinking?
Unless this is a sting operation to get Riley to Angola and then keep him there, this is an outrage.
Give the Inspector General time to make the case(s) against Riley. Or, will there be a second ceremony to remove Riley later?
“Danses avec des cocodrie”
Since: Jul 07
#2 Jul 5, 2010
Did Honore actually do anything except roll into New Orleans like Cleopatra coming in on her massive float and then he yelled at some of the troops, on camera, to not hold their weapons at the ready position?
And what has Bernette Johnson ever done toward improving justice in Louisiana? She lets the criminals off the hook more often than not. Maybe Burl is greasing the skids for when he needs her?
Riley is a disgrace. This whole list of inductees needs to be revamped.
#3 Jul 5, 2010
I think this whole city is a failure
#4 Jul 5, 2010
are you for real
#5 Jul 5, 2010
Surely you don't think this whole Hall of Fame thing doesn't have a corrupt hidden agenda? Like everything else at Angola?
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