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New Orleans Police Drop Policy Involving Victims' Records

The New Orleans Police Department will no longer release the criminal records of murder victims. Eileen Fleming reports the move comes after complaints that the policy only added to the stress of mourning families.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas says he believes it’s important to share what he says is an obvious and direct link between criminal behavior and murder. For the past year, the department has released arrest records of suspects and victims when reporting a murder. Complaints surfaced that the policy was creating a divisive atmosphere. Serpas says he decided to change the policy after discussions with clergy. Police will continue releasing the arrest records of murder suspects, but information on victims will be released once a month as an overview and not by an individual’s name. 


Eileen is a news reporter and producer for WWNO. She researches, reports and produces the local daily news items. Eileen relocated to New Orleans in 2008 after working as a writer and producer with the Associated Press in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

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