NOPD officer speaks about interacting with police at Gentilly Terrace meeting
The Gentilly Terrace & Gardens Improvement Association meeting held on Wednesday night (Aug. 10) included a visit from Lieutenant Bradley Tollefson of the NOPD’s Third District. The neighborhood group meets every second Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at Gentilly Terrace Charter School.
Tollefson quickly updated citizens on crime in the neighborhood, saying an arrest made on Monday, Aug. 9 could be linked to armed robberies, as well as residence burglaries in the area, but he was only speculating. He informed residents that Lt. Christopher Hart, the Third District’s detective lieutenant, oversees the city-wide robbery task force.
“You would hate for someone to get arrested Uptown and us to not put the two and two together,” Tollefson said. “We’re actually fortunate that we’ve got him in this district.”
Lt. Tollefson then touched on what people could expect to hear at the police and community relations forum taking place Thursday, August 11. He told a brief anecdote about someone he shortly detained on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter because he matched a description of a dine and dash suspect.
“He ends up swinging at me. Next then you know, he’s in handcuffs bleeding and has to go to the hospital,” Tollefson said.
Tollefson explained that when talking to police, there is a procedure to follow, and he understands that being stopped by police may not mean someone’s having the best day. He said he doesn’t think that this police department is perfect and suggested that citizens call for a supervisor if an interaction isn’t going the way they think it should.
Tollefson said he thinks New Orleans Superintendent of Police, Michael Harrison, will touch on such subjects like making a bad situation with officers worse at the public forum. The forum is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. this Thursday, August 11 and will take place at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, located at 2515 Franklin Avenue.