Report: Parking officers parked themselves in coffee shops

AP News
Posted: Jul 22, 2015 3:53 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans watchdog says some city parking enforcement officers made themselves look busy by ticketing cars that belonged to on-duty law enforcement personnel, while two of them spent too much time in coffee shops and hotel lobbies and at least one retaliated against a business by ticketing its employees and customers.

The city's inspector general outlined the problems in a report issued Wednesday.

Inspector General Ed Quatrevaux's report also says his investigation was hampered by the slow response of the city's parking division, which took nine months to produce documents.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office says officials are determining the proper disciplinary actions for the officers. It the city has taken actions to increase efficiency and monitor officers' activities. And it said the city encourages cooperation with the inspector general.