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NOPD Arrests Two Officers For Assault, Begins Termination Proceedings

by Gary S. Scheets

July 24, 2018

Categories: Announcement, Transparency

Topics: Districts

NOPD Arrests Two Officers For Assault, Begins Termination Proceedings

The NOPD has arrested two officers and begun termination proceedings after the Public Integrity Bureau (PIB) investigated their involvement in an off-duty incident where the officers committed battery on a male victim in the area near the 400 block of South St. Patrick Street.


The two officers involved in the incident are John Galman and Spencer Sutton. Both have been arrested and charged with simple battery. PIB investigators are continuing their investigation to determine whether more serious charges are warranted.


As a result of their arrest, the Superintendent has initiated termination proceedings effective Wednesday July 25, 2018.


The victim in this incident sustained severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital. He has since been released.


The PIB investigation, which began early Tuesday morning, discovered sufficient evidence that Galman and Sutton were the aggressors in the assault.


Both officers recently graduated from the NOPD Training Academy in December of 2017 and are still in a probationary employment period.


“After gathering multiple video accounts and eyewitness statements, the evidence collected by our PIB investigators clearly demonstrates that our officers were the aggressors in this incident,” NOPD Superintendent Michael Harrison said. “Members of our department are expected to comply with the law and adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct, whether on- or off-duty. The swift pace at which the Public Integrity Bureau investigated this incident and the decisive actions taken by the NOPD today by arresting the officers and starting the termination process clearly demonstrate how seriously our department views their actions.”