New Orleans Cop Turns off Body Cam before Shooting Man



A New Orleans police officer turned off her body cam before opening fire on a man who had escaped from her a week earlier.

Lisa Lewis shot the man in the forehead during a traffic stop, then shot at him again as he ran away, according to the lawyer of the man who remains hospitalized.  He was wanted on warrants.

Not only did she turn off the camera, the department tried its best to downplay Monday’s incident, which they initially reported to the media as posted below:

According to a preliminary report from the New Orleans Police Department, an officer was in the area and heard gunshots and then had an altercation with a person and suffered a minor injury to the officer’s right hand.

The officer was taken to Tulane Hospital, police said.

No further information about the incident was made available in the preliminary report.

When the media found out about it anyway, New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas shrugged it off as a blunder.

NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said his public information officer was supposed to issue a news release on Monday, but failed to do so — an action Serpas took responsibility for.

Serpas said NOPD Officer Lisa Lewis was conducting a traffic stop was injured and shot 26-year-old Armand Bennett.

Bennett was booked on five outstanding warrants, which included possession of a weapon, resisting an officer (Gretna), resisting an officer (New Orleans), possession of marijuana and criminal damage to property.

Bennett was listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

The department issued cameras to officers in January with Serpas proclaiming “this is the future of policing in America.”

Which is pretty much like the past in that they still control the message.

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  • Bigguy22

    Once again Cover up and Corruption by Police! They don’t want you to see the truth, Police are the real criminals!

  • jackassletters

    These cameras shouldn’t be allowed to be shut off.

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      They don’t carry enough battery power to run for an 8-hour shift.

      • jackassletters

        Good point. Says 3 hours.

      • Get Real

        At what rate do they consume power?

        • Get Real

          First body cam to pop up on a search:

          Axon model #73002

          Rechargeable lithium-Ion battery.
          2500 mAH capacity.
          More than 12 hours of battery life under normal operation.

          Batteries are rapidly improving, so if they aren’t full shift now, they will be soon, or will only take a few minutes to recharge.

          • James M Morriss

            But if they last the entire shift how can they conveniently di when needed?

          • Keith Baranzini

            No kidding. And for the ‘legit police bodycam’ with only 3 hours of life…What a bunch of bullshit so that the police have an excuse to get away with whatever they want under the curtain of ’24/7 video’.

          • Wayseer

            they only power up when the officer gets out of his vehicle.

      • Raylan Givens

        Of course not, that would make too much sense. besides, a charger in the car for the batteries would be to difficult to plug in and would just be in the way.

      • Kirkus1964

        Give them an extra battery.

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          The battery is internal, not replaceable.

          • Kirkus1964

            OK, but there has to be a way to do it, you know, if they really wanted to.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Apparently some of the newer cameras are good for an entire shift.

          • Bejezus

            Hmmm, how about a charging jack in the car while they drive or are at a desk, how about TWO cameras, HOW ABOUT SOME INTEGRITY AND RESPONSIBILITY!

          • kraz

            How about charging them via USB. They already have laptops in their cars and that model is USB rechargeable.

          • dufas_duck

            So is the police investigations.. usually consisting of “We have investigated ourselves and found we never do anything wrong….”, IE, internal, not replaceable….

        • Bob

          With what money?

          • Boko Hos

            Their pension fund.

          • Jon Hendry

            The money they use to maintain their MRAPs and other military hardware they get for free from the Feds.

          • Robert Clark

            the money they steal under forfeiture laws.

          • Juicy J

            the money they used on tanks

          • BioManiac

            the taxpayer’s money they ended up having to give 200k to the person they used and abused anyway.

          • Savage Patriot

            Take a couple of hundred each from the Chief, Deputy Chief, Assistant Deputy Chief, Assistant to the Assistant Deputy Chief Etc. They could also not roll out the MRAP twice a month for their “Training / BBQ/ Beer fest

      • Frank Talk

        The officer turned off her camera because she was nearing the end of her shift, not because of any battery issues.

        “The officer’s attorney countered that Lewis had turned her body camera off because her shift was about to end and she was on her way back to the Fourth District station when she initiated the traffic stop that led to the shooting.” —

        • discarted

          Then she should’ve turned it back on.

        • jcfromnj

          since when does “about to end ” equate to EOS ?

        • Kirkus1964

          How convenient!

        • Alexander Vucelic

          cops lie – always

      • discarted

        No true. My new Vievu LE3 (16GB) runs all day long. But if that’s your point, then each cop should haven multiple cameras for their shift.

        Or we could take away their guns and give them cameras; it is a more powerful weapon anyway.

        • Shawn Nee

          That’s not what the law says.

      • Reddit_Guy

        I’m sure they could find room on the utility belt for a battery pack.

      • Bejezus

        Do you think we can train the cops to charge and change the batteries every time the stop for coffee or a donut? Are they smart enough?

      • Richard Carew

        Than they need to be plugged into a better battery. Point is, if the police wear them for “scrutiny or protection” reasons, than the officer should not have any control over it. It’s like giving a felon an ankle bracelet for monitoring their movements, but putting a on/off switch that the felon can control.

      • Joseph Edward Bodden

        because they don’t WANT them to have that ability, if they have that ability the next obvious question, why are they NOT using them for the full shift? beside, it crimps the bribe action…

      • Joseph Blow

        Yeah, they do. Reason for turning off: Privacy of officer like going to the restroom. Other than that, no reason to turn off.

      • Jaysin R Clifton

        maybe they should plug it into their laptop while they sit around doing nothing

      • Sman88

        They can carry a big battery on their police belt like tv cameramen….no room!!…get rid of the taser then.

    • Liberaltarian

      Reading the story, it wasn’t a battery issue. The cop states that she turned the camera off because it was the end of her shift and she was heading back to the station.

      • James M Morriss

        Obvious Not the end of her shift. The shift ends when she is back at the statoin. She was still on duty. If she was operating a city owned car the cameras stay on.

        • Liberaltarian

          I agree with you. I’d think whatever policy they have would require her to use her camera when making a stop while still on duty.

          • Get Real

            How hard is it to make a proximity activated switch that turns on the cam anytime they aren’t behind the wheel?

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Normally, that is what the policy states. I haven’t seen NOLA’s policy, but would be surprised if it were different.

    • Wayseer

      Reduce their ammo load and add a battery to the belt. do the really need like 6 different weapons? Plenty of room for batteries. All cops should be random drug tested annually, and in the event of a Shooting Incident.

      • ExCop-Lawyer

        That’s not realistic, any more than it would be to reduce a soldier’s protective equipment, to replace the M1A1 with the M551. Who cares that it doesn’t protect the soldiers as well, it’s cheaper. We could pay for the cameras by reducing medical coverage for military retirees, make them pay their own way.

        • Ranger7

          Because of Soldiers you get to make idiotic statement like that. Serve your country for 20 yrs, miss all the birthday, graduation, anniversary, and countless other occasion. The sacrifice Soldiers endure is beyond that of a Police. FYI: military retirees pays for the medical coverage.. you don’t know you you are speaking on… too much Paul Ryan in your blood…

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Asshole, I am retired military. It was to make a point to the bozo who thinks he knows what cops need or don’t need. He’s also retired military.

          • Wayseer

            You have a nice point there ExCop, if you comb your hair right no one will notice it.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Aw, that’s so sweet.

            Here ya’ go.

          • martibowker

            thank you for the sacrifices you made on behalf of your country and also thank your family but seriously>>>satire…google it…

        • Wayseer

          Replace a Abrams with a Sheridan, I get it you are/were a Lieutenant. And to your Soldier reference, A Soldier knows he will engage his enemy and he will only carry one weapon. Cops are only playing Soldier. Soldiers have Honor and Integrity cops are chicken shit. They think they need a Shot Gun, Sniper Rifle, 40 cal Pistol, a throw away on their ankle, a Tazer, expandable baton ammo for all his weapons also the chicken shit will need a MRAP “Just in Case”, protective mask, Bullet Proof Vest etc… . One battery pack could operate your radio and Camera.

          And for you to think You determine what is “realistic” is typical “I’m in charge here” police bs. The cops should stay at the Sheriffs office and when we need you we will call.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Good cops aren’t playing soldier (that’s for the idiots in Ferguson).

            And yeah, at one time I was a Lieutenant. I was also an E-6 before and later a Captain. I knew enough not to interfere with stuff that I knew nothing about and to let the NCOs run the unit.

            Soldiers know nothing about police work, and you would be better off asking questions instead of showing your ignorance. That’s shown by your sheriff comment.

            I worked in a high crime area. I carried a 1911 on my hip, a S&W mod. 60 on my vest, and a PPK in my pocket. Both of the BUGs were on file with the PD and I had to qualify with them. I carried 4 extra mags for my .45, a speedstrip for the .357, and a mag for the .380. I had a shotgun in the car, loaded with slugs and a ghost ring sight. No rifle, no mask, no taser. I did carry a Kershaw speedsafe tanto. You have no idea when and why these would be used on the street.

            I don’t know what your MOS was and don’t really care, but I hope that you knew it better than you know this subject.

          • Wayseer

            I freely admit I do not read law books, I should not have to. It’s common sense, The Golden Rule. And for you to assume I know nothing about police work is not only arrogant of you but also demonstrates my point. You really believe you are on a much higher plane than I am. I am not currently a Soldier, I retired in ’88. I was a E-7 until I went to flight school. Retired and joined the a Federal Police Dept. I attended Police Academy in ’90. I stayed with them for eight years. I couldn’t take what they called “Policing” pulling a female over that you know is DUI for sexual favors (you know it happens), wrecking someones life because you are in a bad mood or the boss screamed at you. Go to court and make up lies with your Police Buddies. I have seen police officers checking the shift roster to see when it will be the best time to go see your Police Buddies Wife/Girlfriend. Everything I said here is true. And as a Civilian I will stand in court and prove it.
            What did you need the .380 & .357 for? You gave up all the non-lethal force for stopping power. I can tell by reading this remark that you are So Proud that you are not there to calm things down your there to KILL SOMETHING. You have plenty of room for a body cam and a spare battery. Remember, people tell you one thing to your face because you have so many weapons, but behind your back people think you are a douche bag.
            Your text comes across as arrogant, condescending and close minded. You have to be a Tea Bagger. I stand by my Sheriff’s Office remark. Stay at the Jail, when we need the devil in our neighborhood we will call you. You are a public servant if you like it or not. You can be forced to give urine, blood and DNA at any time. I don’t care about your Union. Unions should be made to pay for the crimes committed by LEO’s not the City or County. And LEO’s that break the Law should be treated like anyone else that breaks the Law. No one is above the Law.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            OK, now that we have established that you were a failure at being a cop, I know not to worry about answering you further.

            Thanks for playing.

          • Wayseer

            Nice MEME, proves my point, he did not carry a weapon in No Country For Old Men

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Incorrect. Why is that not surprising?

            Gee, isn’t that a pistol in a brown leather holster on his hip?

      • Learn yo shit

        All cops are random drug tested and immediately after a shooting guy

        • Wayseer

          Don’t get me wrong here I am not challenging you but where did you get your information? Trust but verify.

  • ExCop-Lawyer

    Intentionally turning off the camera prior to shooting the subject?

    They need to have LSP or an outside agency investigate this, instead of NOLAPD.

    • James M Morriss

      As far as the turning off the camera goes there is no investigation needed, cop fired, no questions asked.

      • me

        It should also show intent, and potential premeditation of the shooting. Possibly an indication that she planned it and did not want any “witnesses”.

        … then again, she will say that she was just saving the battery for the really important stuff – like the trip to the donut shop.

      • ExCop-Lawyer

        Gee, I guess the next time you are stopped on traffic, there is no trial needed, just take you straight to jail because you must be guilty.

        I don’t care if you have 1,000 people that witnessed him shooting the Pope on Bourbon St., everyone deserves an investigation and trial.

        Unless, of course, you care so little for the Constitution that you are willing to trash it.

        I cannot think of a single good reason for her to turn off the camera, but it still needs to go through the process.

        • Guy_Dudebro

          What on earth does getting fired from your job have to do with the constitution? Trials are for criminal defendants, not employees. Wish I got to demand “due process” for getting fired or even reprimanded for violating my employers’ policy.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            Most states have held that public employees have property rights to their jobs and are entitled to due process.

          • Boko Hos

            And are subject to follow their guidelines and procedures, which just happen to be written by the same kind of idiots we see perpetrating these acts. Another shining example of letting the children write their own rule book.

          • Wayseer

            At the point he/she turns of the camera he becomes a criminal and soon to be felon.

      • Wayseer

        Fired and charged with obstruction of Justice and a Piss Test.

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          Can’t. It doesn’t meet the elements for Obstruction of Justice in Louisiana. You also can’t do a drug test unless you have reasonable suspicion that the officer was using drugs. I doubt that a termination would make it past the Civil Service review either.

          • Wayseer

            This plays into exactly what I am trying to understand. Why are we as Non-LEO’s subjected to a different set of laws? When a Non-LEO shoots and kills another Non-Leo 100% of the time he will find the inside of a Jail as soon as they find them. A LEO shoots a Non-LEO and the police chief plus the rumor mill provides an excuse for him and it’s acceptable. I do know that a LEO can legally lie, and is exempt from perjury in a court room. And can tell any lie he wants while on the Street, and is encouraged to do so to trap a perp. This is a waste of your time and mine, we both know the answer here and it’s living in a Police State. Cops protect the courts, the courts protect the officer in all cases. The cop surrounds himself with sympathizers to protect his ego and thinks all others are assholes.

          • ExCop-Lawyer

            You are not subject to a different set of laws. If a non-LEO kills someone under justifiable circumstances, they normally remain free unless a grand jury indicts. A police officer is not exempt from perjury laws.

    • jcfromnj

      WOW, I’m actually agreeing with ECLS ! Must be End Times or the Zombie Apocalypse kicking in .

    • John Rogers

      Nah, the family or friend of the victim is holding the key again, judge would be very soft.

  • Elliott Whitlow

    I’m still trying to figure out how you can resist the same cop TWICE.. “resisting an officer (Gretna), resisting an officer (New Orleans),”

    • Liberaltarian

      Yeah, I was confused about that as well. Read the links and apparently the guy had a prior scuffle with this same officer and had gotten away about a week before she shot him. Link doesn’t say, but I’d guess he charged twice because there are two separate incidents.

    • James M Morriss

      It has come to pass that you can be tried for the same crime many times as long as they call it something different and/or change jurisdictions. A jury find you not guilty of murder in anytown, yourstate? No problem, You have now committed a an assault with a deadly weapon inflicting grievous bodily harm. Still not guilty? Well then, you must have committed a federal hate crime. Still no satisfaction? Then you have become civilly liable for something you have proven you haven’t done.

      The whole freaking system has become a very horrible, very dark joke. The only thing you can be sure of these days is that some lawyer, somewhere, is making money and paying some of it to the bar association.

      • John Rogers

        You can also be sure that if 1,000 Americans were shot by the police, and those police were to present themselves at the doors of those victim’s families, nothing would happen. You cunts would still even call them “officer”.

  • James M Morriss

    Ahhhhh. I’m remember, back in the good ol’ days, when there were ETHICS STANDARDS that said just the appearance of impropriety was enough to get a person fired.

    I can think of no LEA (law enforcement agency) I would trust to investigate this incident. This is what grand juries are for.

    • Liberaltarian

      Grand juries are just tools of the DA.

      • James M Morriss

        Not necessarily, In Dare Co, NC they also, or at least did check on the conditions of the county school cafeterias, and other such things since they were considered non-partisan.

      • Harvey Wallbanger

        “Grand juries are just tools of the DA.”
        I’ve been on a grand jury. I wasn’t.

  • anan

    Well, it is poor form to record yourself committing attempted murder. Better to be accused to tampering with the camera than dealing with footage of you blowing a fleeing man’s brains out.

  • Difster

    Even though the cameras may only be able to run for three hours at a time, it would be trivial to rig a system that charges them while they’re in the patrol car.

    • kraz

      They already have something rigged. The laptops. Those cameras can charge via USB according to the website.

  • John Q. Public

    Want more professional police services in your community? DEMAND they be accredited by CALEA [ ]. In an age where we are constantly advised to only utilize services by accredited providers – be they plumbers, doctors, or electricians – how is it that we don’t expect professional accreditation from those who hold our liberties and out very lives in their hands?! Though not a panacea for all that ills America’s police, accreditation from CALEA is perhaps the most important first step.

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      All CALEA does is lower their insurance rates.

      A good number of departments that have had problems here are CALEA accredited. It doesn’t change what happens on the street. For example, Miami-Dade is accredited, but I don’t think that Carlos or I would agree that it helped them at all.

  • YourTaxDollarsAtWork

    How about that, it played out EXACTLY like predicted.

  • Police Lie

    Why would she need to turn off her camera because its end of her shift ? If it was end of her shift then she wouldn’t care if the batteries ran out.
    Almost every police body worn camera system has a battery that is good for about 8-12 hours when NOT filming. If the camera is turn on they are good for about 3-6 hours of continuous filming.
    Someone should do a records request and find out if she filmed at all during her shift.

  • dufas_duck

    Officer safety includes covering up for officer mistakes.. It is the usual police claiming that “We have investigated ourselves and find that we never do anything wrong…”

  • MSMediacritic

    New Orleans Copy Turns Off Body Cam Before Attempting to Execute Man. (fixed it for you!)

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  • Boko Hos

    Fire this fuckin’ cunt.

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      OK, you are fired Boko. Happy now?

      • Boko Hos

        Sorry, but unlike whiny little police officers(current and past) that are constantly professing their fears and insecurity, nobody would ever make such a mistake with me. I’m sure you thought you picked up a few things on the street, as it were, but humor wasn’t one of them.

      • Meade Village

        Don’t believe a word ExCop-LawStudent says. He is in a Mental Hospital and post from Hospital Laptops.

  • Ron

    Turning off the camera just before shooting him sure does look like this was premeditated attempted murder. They should investigate whether the cop and the victim have some sort of history

  • NJHC

    Why not just microchip and implant a camera into the cops foreheads for public safety?

    If they don’t want that, don’t take the job.

  • Alexander Vucelic

    treat this killer cop just like any other American who shot a unarmed innocent

  • Frank

    Sounds like cold blooded murder.

  • dagobarbz

    Zero tolerance for piggies whose cameras mysteriously turn off before a shooting or beating. Fire them. It makes no sense to retain bad, scofflaw officers. Or scofflofficers.

  • Winning

    Wait! “Lisa Lewis shot the man in the forehead during a traffic stop, then shot at him again as he ran away” She shot him in the forehead and then he ran away? What did she shoot him with? spitball? A water balloon?

  • medocadvikian

    One thing you can say for New Orleans is that there are many criminals in jail as there are NOPD cops!


    It sure seems to me that these officers all over the U.S. have been
    ordered from very high up the food chain to just kill as many and as
    often as they can rather than arrest them. Especially if they are
    convicted criminals. I would be willing to bet that deaths at the hands
    of police officers is up to all time highs. We are seeing more and more of these cases of police shooting first and asking questions later. Now they turn off the camera and then open fire? That should be reason to be fired! The camera is only supposed to go off when going to the washroom or dealing with a snitch. NOT right before you open fire! These people NEED to be help responsible for these kinds of antics, ESPECIALLY if it costs a life such as what went on in Ferguson!

  • BioManiac

    the funny part is – even (although unlikely) if the cop did everything right and was not at fault at all, we will all still blame the cop because they turned off their camera. Regardless of why it was turned off, it was clearly a stupid move.

  • Edward Aldrich

    New Orleans police are the worst. Do not ever mess with them or you will go to jail for any minor infraction or worse you just might end up being gator-food.

  • John Mullis

    oh my no spare batteries lmfao how lame.

  • Robyn Ryan

    I’m really over the ‘Oops! It was a mistake’ police theme. Especially when that same excuse won’t stand them down. The NOPD needs to have their guns taken away. Or at least follow the Barney Fife rule.

  • George Heath

    Turned off camera and battery out of juice. To different conversations.

  • jankbenimble

    She didn’t turn it off its a cover up.

  • drceleron

    put the camera w/ mic in the gun…could you get a better view to the event. It could be charging in the holster.

  • Concerned

    It the cameras don’t record the whole shift, what would be the point of having them? Either use money to get the ones that run the whole shift or not wear any at all!

  • Jaysin R Clifton

    what heroes

  • randallstarr

    It doesn’t matter the battery model, the hours of power, it doesn’t even matter if they keep it recording when they shoot us. They own us. “Review policy,” “conduct internal ivestigations,” “raise standards.” They police themselves, there’s nothing to be done about it unless you say the obvious thing and now you’re the crazy person in the room.

  • Smurfet

    New Orleans police are notoriously corrupt

  • steward

    Any police officer who turns off a bodycam AT ANY TIME during their shift should be terminated for concealing evidence. (Yes, even in the restroom; crimes and altercations occur in restrooms.)

    • ExCop-Lawyer

      You are obviously some sort of pervert.

      • bluecrane1

        Real perversion is in the cop that can’t resist the urge to kill when opportunity presents itself.

        • ExCop-Lawyer

          Really? I assume that you have evidence of that claim?

          No? Gee, just another hater. Pity.

          • braindeadrepublican

            Google cop shoots pets , cops blow off babies face , cops beat up homeless woman , cops kill boy with toy gun , cop strangle man in NYC just a few of the many example of our nation of thugs known as the police .

  • nygrump

    Well, it is New Orleans, where corruption is normal and expected. Nothign ever changes there. They have to make sure the drugs keep coming into the country and illegal weapons leave.

  • Grumpy Guy

    First, his attorney should get in touch with the ACLU. Second, demand that the police hand over the device in question so that an independent computer forensic analyst can check whether it was off, or whether data was erased. Then, sue the shit out of NOPD.

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  • samkatz

    I’m sure he was an absolute angel … which is why there was a warrant out against him and why he was an escapee on the run. In the immortal words of Chris Rock, if the police have to come and get you, “they’re bringing an ass-kickin’ with them!” Hey, people — here’s a hot tip, along with “Seabiscuit in the 7th:” don’t break the law, and if you do, don’t escape and run! There are consequences … and sometimes the shit hits the fan … and the perps don’t win! In case you didn’t notice, cops are people, too. Don’t get them mad, don’t evade justice, and you might not get killed during the commission of a crime (being a fugitive from justice). It appears to me that most people absolutely cannot READ. One less perp to take up jail space. La-de-dah!

  • snoopdaddy

    I don’t give a flying fuck todays police should go through some kind of test that has Quresten
    that can detect a true understanding of how each officer would handel policies abut when deadly
    force should be used , because if a person is stop for jay walking at night and two officer confront the person and the person makes a motion as to wipe his eye ,but the officer thinks
    the man lifting his hand as to harm the two officer ,it should not be the right of two men of the
    law too put countless numbers of lead bullets into a unarmed person , these tow officers
    should be charge with murder .and fired with out pay , no more of this pending investigation
    this should be look at maybe open season to kill with pay would stop.

  • Defiant

    Wow…shot in the forehead BEFORE he ran away? What are the NOPD using, BB guns?