The shooting death of New Orleans police Officer Daryle Holloway is a solemn reminder of the risks that officers everywhere face each day in protecting their communities. That Holloway, a husband and father, lost his life on Father’s Day weekend only deepened the sense of loss felt throughout New Orleans and, indeed, the rest of Louisiana.
According to police, Holloway, a 22-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department, was shot to death on Friday while transporting Travis Boys, 33, to Central Lockup. Boys had been arrested after being suspected of aggravated battery in an incident in which a woman was injured Friday night.
Boys was arrested again after an extensive manhunt involving several police agencies and faces first-degree murder charges in Holloway’s death. It’s unclear how Boys could have obtained a gun to kill Holloway. We hope that question can be resolved quickly as police investigate Holloway’s death and that any possible deficiencies in security procedures are addressed.
An NOPD spokesman said Holloway was wearing his body camera when the shooting happened and that the footage is being reviewed as part of the investigation. Body cameras have been widely discussed in recent months as useful tools for advancing police accountability in dealing with the public. Holloway’s death is a reminder that these cameras might also help bring those who injure or kill police to justice.
Justice must be the first order of business in answering Holloway’s death. Violence against police is an assault on the community those officers are sworn to serve. That threat to law and order demands a swift response, and we’re glad that area law enforcement agencies responded so quickly to this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and loved ones that Daryle Holloway left behind.