This past week, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal ordered the reinstatement of yet another New Orleans police officer on grounds that the NOPD violated the “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights” by taking too long to investigate his misconduct.
Thomas McMasters illegally arrested two women in 2009 for prostitution loitering, which requires a conviction for prostitution within the previous year. McMasters, however, failed to check for a previous conviction and neither woman had one. Since women don’t appreciate being mislabeled as whores (imagine!), they filed complaints. McMasters admitted during the investigation that he knew the law but simply didn’t follow it.