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Police chief tells officers: ‘Target black men’

INVESTIGATION: Eddie Selby

A POLICE commander is facing the sack after allegedly instructing his officers to target young black men on their patrols.

Head of the New Orleans Police Department's Special Operations Division, Eddie Selby, has been reassigned from his unit after giving the "inappropriate instructions" to officers.

The police veteran, who has been in the force for 36 years, allegedly asked officers to look for young black males because they were more likely to be carrying guns and commit armed robbery.

Selby is believed to have made the remarks to more than 30 patrol officers and ranking supervisors at a roll call meeting.

Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said: "We'll take action in these next few days because these are very serious issues.

"We cannot rush to judgment, but we cannot sit on our hands, either, and we have not sat on our hands,” he said.

He added: "We'll get to the bottom of this, and if it determines that the person needs to be removed, you can rest assured he will be removed. There is a lot of information that we don't know the answers to yet."

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