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OPSO Has Zero Tolerance For Contraband

NEW ORLEANS - 7-17-2014

The Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office has a zero-tolerance policy as it relates to contraband. Several signs are posted in and around the Intake and Processing Center indicating that the introduction of contraband in a jail is against the law.

However, the Sheriff's Office is prohibited from strip searching in the intake center. There was a $10 million settlement under a previous Sheriff's administration banning strip searches in the intake center. The Sheriff's Office cannot conduct strip searches in the intake center without probable cause. We rely on the arresting agencies to conduct thorough searches -- incident to a lawful arrest -- before arrestees enter the Intake and Processing Center. This alleged contraband violation did not occur in a housing unit.

The Sheriff's Office encourages anyone with evidence of contraband in secure areas to turn over that evidence to the Sheriff's Office. We will investigate all violations of the law and will make an arrest if the facts warrant.


 

Injured OPSO Deputies Released From Hospital; Inmate Faces New Charges

NEW ORLEANS - 7-12-2014

Three Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies who were injured by an inmate Friday have been released from the hospital.

The sheriff’s deputies were injured as they handcuffed inmate Reginald Pye who was in the parish jail on one count of attempted first-degree murder, one count of aggravated second-degree battery and one count of second-degree cruelty to juveniles. The District Attorney’s Office refused a fourth charge of aggravated battery.

 About 8 p.m. Friday at the Conchetta jail facility, inmate Pye, with an open Bible in his hands, began standing on a table. He was ordered down by Deputy Edwin Masters. Pye refused the order and jumped from table to table. Deputy Masters requested backup. Seconds later, his supervisor, Sgt. Lester Burns, arrived and the two deputies took down the inmate before he could hurt himself.  As he was being restrained, the inmate pulled out a shank from underneath the Bible and began swinging the shank, striking two of the deputies.  Pye was finally handcuffed with the help of Deputy Charles Scott.  

All three deputies were taken to the hospital and treated for bites to the hand and cuts to the arms. They have since been released. Pye was also taken to the hospital where he is being held for a mental evaluation.

As a result of the attack, Pye is charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of aggravated battery and one count of aggravated battery on a correctional officer.

The incident is under investigation.


 

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