After 35 years, New Orleans police career, Sgt. Bobby Guidry probably thought that his supervisor wanted to give him a gold watch or final slap on the back. After all, he was fifteen minutes away from retirement and literally packing up his car to leave. His supervisor, however, suspended the veteran officer for wearing the wrong color shirt — an act that will affect his post-retirement status.
Since the Hurricane, officers have been wearing black uniforms — though the traditional powder-blue shirts are scheduled to be reintroduced by the beginning of next year. Guidry wore his shirt because of its connection to his 35 years of service and the 18 men who died during it.
The supervisor’s suspension will bar his retired police commission as well as his acceptance into the NOPD’s reserve unit.
The question should be why the supervisor has not been suspended for this moronic act and why
Superintendent Warren Riley has yet to act to correct this outrage.
It is beyond a mere stupid act. It shows an utter lack of judgment.
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