The NOPD says an apparent love triangle has landed an officer on emergency suspension.
"A New Orleans Police officer is on Emergency Suspension without Pay after the Orleans District Attorney's Office filed a Bill of Information with the Criminal District Court Clerk, indicating that the officer committed Malfeasance in Office," Spokeswoman Remi Braden said in a news release.
She says Officer Carolyn Dalton allegedly harassed a Chalmette woman..
"The alleged victim filed the complaint with that parish's Sheriff's Office... accusing Dalton of coming to her home in Chalmette and then following her around in her car, demanding that she stop seeing a man that both women were allegedly dating... Dalton allegedly used profanity and threatened that if the complainant didn't stop communicating with the man, she was 'going to get her.' "
Braden says the officer also allegedly used police resources inappropriately, according to the Public Integrity Bureau.
"PIB detectives learned that while on duty, Dalton used the mobile data computer terminal in her patrol car to look up the complainant's home and business addresses. Investigators also determined that Dalton was not conducting an investigation that would require her to check the complainant's name through the official database."
The NOPD has taken action to get the officer off the street while the matter plays out in court.
"Public Integrity Bureau Chief Arlinda Westbrook placed Dalton on Emergency Suspension without Pay. Dalton is a 16 year veteran of the NOPD."