Judge finds ex-NOPD cop guilty of malfeasance for kicking burglary suspect

May 31, 2017 – 8:53 am

Van Ballard

“A judge found a retired New Orleans Police Department officer guilty of a felony Wednesday for kicking a captured burglary suspect in the face.

Criminal District Court Judge Franz Zibilich said he came to his decision with reluctance, but that former officer Van Ballard’s claim that he kicked the suspect by accident was not believable.

Zibilich ordered Ballard, 66, to spend two years on inactive probation as a result of his conviction on one count of malfeasance in office. Ballard will not face jail time.”



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