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Anthony Adams (left) & Nicholas Harper (right)

Anthony Adams (left) & Nicholas Harper (right)

(COVINGTON POLICE DEPARTMENT) – On Monday, March 25, 2013, investigators with the Covington Police Department concluded the investigation of an incident that occurred in November, 2012.  The incident involved inappropriate conduct by two Covington officers. The incident was uncovered in January, 2013 by the Department’s Internal Affairs Unit and resulted in the arrest of both men.  Both officers were charged with simple battery and malfeasance in office in connection with the alleged use of excessive force on an arrestee at the Covington Police Department.

The two officers involved were former Officer Anthony Adams and Officer Nicholas Harper. Officer Adams, who had been employed by the department for four years, resigned when the investigation began.  Officer Harper, who has been with the department since June, 2011, remains employed with the department but is on unpaid leave at this time.

Both men were booked at the Covington Police Department and placed in St. Tammany Parish Jail, subject to release upon posting bond.  The case has been turned over to the District Attorney’s Office of the 22nd Judicial District Court.