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Tipitina’s Uptown is hosting a fundraiser Thursday night fallen NOPD officer Rodney Thomas.

A hit-and-run driver killed Officer Thomas last month.

The benefit is at 7 p.m. and will feature Dash Rip Rock and the 610 Stompers, among many other performers.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.

Click here to purchase your tickets online.


Rodney-thomas-277×177The Tipitina’s on Napoleon and Tchoupitoulas Streets is hosting a benefit for New Orleans Police Officer Rodney Thomas on Thursday, August 15 from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

Tickets for the event are $30 in advance and $40 at the door and include free beer, premium mixed drinks, sparkling wine, food & entertainment.

The event will feature performances by Rich Collins and the Kangaroo Assassins, The Wiseguys, Dash Rip Rock, and the 610 Stompers.

A 50/50 raffle will be held and tickets will be sold on the night of the event. You must be present to win this raffle.

There will also be 3 “Staycation Packages” being raffled off in advance. They will include hotel stays, dinners for two, and other donated gift items. These tickets will be on sale at PJ’s on Magazine and 2nd District Station as well as at the event. You do not have to be present to win this raffle.

You may purchase tickets to this event at:

PJ’s Coffee 5432 Magazine St.

NOPD 2nd District Station 4317 Magazine St.

Tickets may also be purchased through Tipitina’s online at

Please invite your friends and join us in celebrating the life of our amazing friend Rodney. Hope to see you there!

Law enforcement officers from around the New Orleans metro area paid their respects to fallen NOPD Officer Rodney Thomas on Friday.

captureNew Orleans Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man who may have critical information about the fatal hit and Run death of Officer Rodney Thomas, which happened Sunday July 07, 2013 on the Highrise.

Investigators would like to speak with the unidentified man about the hit and run death of Officer Rodney Thomas.  The person detectives would like to speak to have a particularly small build.

Investigators say the unknown male is not a suspect. He is simply a person of interest.

Clipboard01The New Orleans Police Department has released a photo of an additional person of interest they would like to speak to regarding the death of Officer Rodney Thomas.

While he acknowledges that the photo is of very poor quality, Officer Frank Robertson says this is the best photo of the suspect.

It was taken at the “Best of the Best” auto shop where officers found the white Porsche Panamera that’s believed to be the car that hit and killed Officer Thomas.

Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 504-822-1111.

Justin McKeyAccording to the bond clerk at Orleans Parish Criminal Court, Justin McKey, who allegedly drove the car that hit and killed New Orleans Police Officer Rodney Thomas, has posted bond.

The clerk told WGNO News that McKey left prison with an electronic monitoring device.

The other two men implicated in the hit-and-run – Kenneth Halley (charged with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to Manslaughter) and Bill Cager, (the owner of the body shop where the car was found, charged with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to Manslaughter) are still in Orleans Parish Prison on $100,000 bond each.


Justin McKey, Bill Cager, Kenneth Halley (photos from NOPD)

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NOPD officers like Rodney Thomas should be recognized

The police force that protects the city of New Orleans – affectionately known as the NOPD – has come come under a lot of scrutiny lately, and understandably so.  A larger than acceptable number of NOPD officers are not up to the task.  They simply aren’t good cops.

The percentage of bad cops has been too large for decades now in New Orleans, but the vast majority of NOPD officers are good cops.  Some are exceptional.  And we need to recognize that more often.

The officers of the NOPD have one of the most dangerous jobs that exist: keeping one of America’s most violent cities safe.  It’s a tough job considering the sheer number of ruthless criminals that make our city home.

The average NOPD officer is woefully under paid.  The hours are long and the benefits are few, but somehow, someway they continue on in their mission to protect and to serve.

Like 2nd district officer Rodney Thomas, who was struck and killed, while in uniform, by a hit and run driver.  He’s survived by his wife and two kids. Thomas was described by Chief Serpas as  “exactly the kind of officer we are looking for to turn this police department around.”

The NOPD has lots of problems and a larger than acceptable level of bad cops, but the majority of NOPD officers deserve our respect and admiration.  Like officer Rodney Thomas.

rodney thomas2Members of the Community are invited to attend the funeral services for Officer Rodney Thomas who was killed in the line of duty on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

The funeral services for Officer Thomas has been set for Friday, July 12, 2013. It will be held at Franklin Avenue Baptist Church located at 2515 Franklin Avenue, New Orleans, La. Visitation is scheduled to be 8:30 AM-10:00AM. Services will begin at 10:00AM, promptly.

There will be a procession that will drive pass the 2nd District Station at approximately 11:30 AM. The procession will end at Lake Lawn Cemetery where Officer Thomas will be laid to rest.


Justin McKey, Bill Cager, Kenneth Halley (photos from NOPD)

(from the New Orleans Police Department) – The following people have been arrested in connection with the death of Officer Rodney Thomas.  The arrests happened between 2 and 3am this morning.

Justin McKey

Justin McKey, 25 years old, booked with Hit and Run and Manslaughter.

kenneth halley

Kenneth Halley, 28 years old, booked with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to Manslaughter.

Bill Cager

Bill Cager, 34 years old (body shop owner), booked with Obstruction of Justice and Accessory After the Fact to Manslaughter.