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LRPD cop involved in covered-up fatal vehicle chase in March 2021 was AWOL in December 2021 records show and still has a job

Back in July we broke the story about a cover-up of two LRPD cops that were disobeying orders and were involved a vehicle pursuit that resulted in the death of a child. You can read that story by clicking here.
One of those cops we identified was Joshua Thomas (the other was Henry Topps, who resigned in the middle of an internal investigation and the Scott Administration has tried to hide his identity).
Thomas was scheduled to work on December 18, 2021 on the "C" shift.
Around 20 minutes before Thomas' shift was to begin, he sent a text message to his supervisor, Joel Alicea Perichi, requesting to be shown as being on sick leave, even though he ditched work to scoot of to Dallas for the weekend.

Perichi filed an incident report to document Thomas' policy serious violation.
Thomas submitted a letter pursuant to the directive of his supervisor.


LRPD records show that Thomas was a PROBATIONARY police officer and at the time of this serious violation had four other documented violations that had netted him a total of 48 hour of suspension.

A reasonable individual might be thinking why wasn't his sorry ass fired when he disobeyed orders and chased a vehicle being driving by a 12 year old female and that chase resulted in her death? After all he is a PROBATIONARY cop.

Then after catching 48 hours of suspension he takes off to Dallas for the weekend instead of showing up for his assigned shift.

Dear friends it is because LRPD can't convince enough folks to work for them to keep up with vacancies created by mercenary cops getting fired, quitting or retiring. LRPD is so desperate they will let a fuck-up like Thomas stay on the job.

As usual, Thomas was afforded an Administrative hearing.


Here's a transcript of the Administrative Hearing:
Instead of terminating the fuck-up Thomas, they gave him a mere 16 hours of suspension for deliberately being AWOL.

So on August 17, 2022 some eight months after Thomas failed to report for duty he was officially notified that he was being suspended for 16 hours. 


You might be asking yourself what was so fucking important to Thomas that he would skip work and head off to Dallas.

Perhaps Thomas went to see Xavier Wulf perform.

 Or maybe Thomas went to the Ugly Sweater Dance party with DJ K-Sprinkles.

Our money is on the Ugly Sweater Dance.



Thomas was featured in episode 4 of our LRPD Cops Caught Slippin series.


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