10-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department Christopher Carter was recently suspended without pay after being charged with two counts of domestic abuse, including an act of strangulation.
Nola.com reported that the DA’s office in New Orleans filed domestic battery charges against Carter on Monday. Carter was charged with one count of domestic abuse battery involving strangulation, and one count of domestic abuse battery.
The SWAT officer was somehow reported for domestic violence sometime throughout the year, which sparked an investigation into his use of force in his relationship.
The department first received the complaint back in January, and in May during the course of their investigation they re-assigned Carter to desk work. Although the investigation is still ongoing, the prosecutors must have just recently gathered enough information to bring the case to court.
The average citizen would face at least 3 years in prison for charges like this, but it is likely that Carter will get off easy due to his line of work.
Carter is the second officer from the New Orleans police department to be suspended for domestic abuse in the past week. The other officer, Robert Hurst is accused of attempting to murder his ex-girlfriend, although very little information has been released publicly about either case.
Unfortunately, domestic violence is a serious problem among police officers, and in most cases they never see any consequences. Although we can not be certain that this particular police officer is abusive to his family, a drunken shouting match in a public place does not paint a very nice picture. According to recent studies, law enforcement officers beat their wives or girlfriends at nearly double the rate of the rest of the population.
John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.