New Orleans police officer booked with violating restraining order
Published: Wednesday, June 08, 2011, 8:25 PM Updated: Wednesday, June 08, 2011, 8:26 PM
By Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune The Times-Picayune
New Orleans police officer Jermaine Lacour was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of violating a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting his ex-girlfriend, the Police Deparment reported Wednesday.
Lacour was booked in late 2010 with illegal discharge of a weapon and causing a domestic disturbance. That incident involved Lacour's former girlfriend and her current boyfriend, the NOPD said in a news release.
Last December, during that incident, Lacour fired a gun into the ground, the release stated.
At the time, a judge ordered Lacour, a four-year veteran of the NOPD, to stop communicating with his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. But Lacour has called the woman several times and sent her an email. She reported the violation of the restraining order to the NOPD, which notified the Orleans Parish district attorney's office, according to the release.
Yesterday, the district attorney's office issued an arrest warrant for Lacour. He turned himself in to the department's Public Integrity Bureau on Tuesday. Criminal District Court records show that Lacour, 38, was booked with violation of a protective order in that court. He is no longer in jail, according to the online database of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office.
Because of an injury, Lacour has been on sick leave. He previously worked for the NOPD's 7th District, according to the department.
A trial is scheduled for June 30 on the case in which Lacour is charged with illegal discharge of a weapon.
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