NOPD officials deny admitting they had a relationship with Mayor LaToya Cantrell, attorney says

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) – New Orleans Police Officer Jeffrey Vappie says he never admitted to his wife that she had an illness. meeting with Mayor LaToya Cantrellaccording to his lawyer.

In an amendment divorce file This month, Vappie’s wife said that she admitted her adultery with “Mrs. LC,” Fox 8 quoted Mayor Cantrell as saying.

One of Vappie’s lawyers, Branden Villavaso, did not deny that there was trouble, but his client did not admit that his wife had an affair. relationship with another.

Mayor Cantrell deny the relationship itself in a text message sent to a Times-Picayune reporter the day after our report on the divorce file media, saying the allegations are false and sexist “crap.”

“By the time I finished my term as mayor, I would have slept in half of the city of New Orleans based on the false accusations that came to me several times a day. This is just one of them,” Cantrell wrote. “If I were a HUMAN, you wouldn’t be telling me about this nonsense.”

In the filing, Vappie’s wife states that her husband has been in an ongoing sexual relationship with “Mrs. LC” since May 2021 – the same month Vappie joined the group. Cantrell’s defense. It also mentions the specific dates in August and September 2022 when the incident occurred.

Including August 2, 2022. Fox 8 first reported that day, a public camera in front of the Upper Pontalba Apartment showed Vappie 5 hours and 40 minutes of his workday in the building with the mayor.

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The allegation could result in legal and ethical violations for Vappie and Cantrell.

The next step may be to determine if there is evidence to support it.

“That’s our only complaint,” said Dillard University Policy Professor Dr. Robert Collins. “So these allegations must be proven with evidence. I think there will be an investigation and then we will see if there is any evidence to support the allegations.”

“If a police officer has an inappropriate relationship with a supervisor, that is a violation of NOPD policy and there may be penalties for that.”

Collins said it was clear that Cantrell was Vappie’s supervisor.

“In this case, since the mayor requests these officers … since the mayor sets their hours,” Collins explained. “The mayor will be in a supervisory role.”

The records show how much time Cantrell spent with his personal security representative.

The NOPD has policies related to conflict and employment.

Rafael Goyeneche of the Metropolitan Crime Commission said Vappie’s offense could be serious.

“Involved in a romantic relationship with one of his assigned duties, professionalism, performance of duties, adherence to the rules, honesty and integrity,” said Goyeneche. ” Salaries may be falsified if he was present at the time of the sacrifice to deposit his salary. to the mayor.”

Goyeneche said that could mean criminal violations at the state and possibly federal level.

Collins said the city ordinance, while not as clear as the NOPD policy, states that “an employee shall not conduct any personal business that causes the neglect or neglect of work duties.”

“The distance-viewing relationship is not clearly stated,” Collins said. “Those words are not used.”

Collins said the policy could be interpreted to mean that there should be no inappropriate relationships while on the job.

Surveillance footage shows NOPD officer Jeffrey Vappie and Mayor Cantrell visiting a town...
Surveillance footage shows NOPD officer Jeffrey Vappie and Mayor Cantrell visiting a city apartment building, usually on a weekday.(French Marketing Organization)

While the NOPD’s Office of Public Integrity investigates whether NOPD rules were violated, the mayor has no authority.

“The only way to authorize the mayor or the city council is to impose financial sanctions, however, the district attorney can investigate whether there is a payment fraud. ,” Collins said.

Cantrell declined to respond to our requests for comment.

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