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NOLA Officer Suspended For Wrong Uniform

By Wyatt Earp | July 10, 2008

Ya know, I rip the Philadelphia Police Department all the time for the stupid things they do to their members. I have no problem doing that, because I work here.

However, I have no problem ripping another department, especially when it is well-deserved. And when I received this link from Mope, my head almost exploded. With that in mind, I wanted to share this story, which is guaranteed to make you wrap your skull in duct tape.

You’re welcome.

With minutes left in the last shift of his 35-year New Orleans police career, Sgt. Bobby Guidry received a call from a supervisor telling him he had been suspended for wearing the wrong uniform shirt, the veteran officer said.

The Police Department confirmed the censure Tuesday, though it quibbled with the term “suspended.” Rather, Guidry is “under investigation for wearing the wrong uniform,” said Police Department spokesman Bob Young.

My God, what a terribly heinous act! It’s not like he was looting during Katrina like some of NOLA’s finest were doing a few years back. This is much worse!

Instead of the standard-issue all-black uniform, Guidry, a veteran officer in the city’s Uptown 2nd District, chose the powder-blue uniform shirt that he wore to work for more than three decades.

He viewed it as a simple statement, not an affront to rules or department leadership.

“Eighteen people died in the line of duty in that powder-blue shirt while I was with the department,” Guidry said. “I went to each of those funerals. I wore that shirt on a Saturday, on my last day, out of respect for them.”

Good for him. Far too few officers stick up for their fallen comrades anymore. I’ll bet his department was proud of him. Right?

Police brass apparently didn’t appreciate the sartorial statement, which took place June 28. Young said the improper uniform complaint originated in the 2nd District. The department’s Public Integrity Bureau then opened a formal investigation with about 15 minutes left in Guidry’s career.

The punishment will not affect Guidry’s pension or benefits, but, as it stands now, he will not receive his retired police commission and will not be accepted into the NOPD’s reserve unit, for which he had applied, Young said. (H/T -

Actions like this are the reason God tried to smite New Orleans in 2005.

Yeah, that’s harsh, but so frakkin’ what? The NOLA Police Department is a despicable organization for treating a man with such contempt - especially after he gave that city three decades of service.

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11 Responses to “NOLA Officer Suspended For Wrong Uniform”

  1. RT Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 12:15 am


    I will now go pick up my brain, as I didn’t wrap it in duct tape.

    So, how much time and money was wasted on what this man did on his LAST DAY OF WORK?

  2. -->Fiar --> Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Actions like this are the reason God tried to smite New Orleans in 2005.

    Apparently your god didn’t smite hard enough.

  3. USA_Admiral Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 9:16 am

    Silly rules everywhere.

    God Smite, I like that. Is that like God Smacked?

  4. -->Doghouse --> Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Read the comments in the story. It compares it to another person who’s been suspended. Makes you wonder.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    RT - Like they care? They wanted to make an example out of an officer who gave them half his life.

    Fiar - So, I need a new god?

    Admiral - “Oh Lord, tell me who to smite, and they shall be smoten!” - Homer Simpson.

    Doghouse - I did see that. I wondered, too. How close are you to NOLA? You might want to move further away so the stupid doesn’t get you!

  6. Phil Bowdren Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 2:52 pm

    Just when you thought Philly PD had some of the dumbest Brass on the planet, good ol’ New Orleans pops up to prove us wrong. Isn’t that the same City of New Orleans that took money intended to repair the levees, and used it for some other pet project of the Mayor? Kinda sounds like Philly…

  7. -->Doghouse --> Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Actually, I’m originally from NOLA, which is why I already knew about the story.

  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Phil - I think Nagin and Street were separated at birth. Although Nutter doesn’t seem much better . . .

    Doghouse - Ahh. Story still boggles my mind, though.

  9. Phil "DinoCopPhil" Bowdren Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 5:59 pm


    Sadly a whole lot of us bought into Nutter’s BS before the election, and now he’s shown his true self… A “Carpet-Bagger” Police Commissioner who thinks changing uniform colors is more important than getting the troops the equipment they really need…

    This city is rapidly going to Hell!

  10. Kim Says:
    July 10th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I saw this story and my brain exploded inside my skull. I decided to not tell you about it to save you the agony of the same experience. Sorry you had to read about it.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 11th, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Phil - You don’t have to tell me. The a/c in our division was not working - at all - tonight. Nice to baste in your own juices while interviewing complainants.

    Kim - It’s okay. It’s definitely news-worthy. Despicable, but news-worthy.