Two off-duty New Orleans police officers were arrested after allegedly assaulting a man outside a bar early Tuesday, according to the New Orleans Police Department.
The two officers involved in the incident, John Galman and Spencer Sutton, were both arrested and charged with simple battery, and termination proceedings have begun for both, police said in a statement.
The victim, Jorge Gomez, told CNN affiliate WDSU that he had been at a bar in his New Orleans neighborhood when two men began to question him over his nationality and military service.
“He told me I was a fake American,” Gomez said, appearing visibly swollen with stitches on his forehead. “And that I wasn’t in the National Guard either. I told him I served a tour of duty in Iraq.”
It was not immediately clear which man Gomez was referring to.
He said he was attacked by the officers when he attempted to leave the bar.
The victim sustained severe injuries in the incident and was transported to an area hospital, according to NOPD. Gomez has since been released.
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SOURCE: CNN, Keith Allen