Sheriff’s Office opens internal investigation into deputies at scene of Cam Jordan nightclub incident _lowres

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Saints defensive end Cam Jordan.

Orleans Sheriff Marlin Gusman said Thursday that he’s opening an investigation into the actions of three deputies who allegedly refused to help police after a recent incident involving Saints’ defensive end Cameron Jordan.

The New Orleans Police Department is investigating Jordan, who could face a citation or a misdemeanor sexual battery charge for allegedly “patting” a woman’s backside at a nightclub early Sunday. The three deputies, who were working a paid, off-duty security job at the club, are also under a separate sheriff’s office internal investigation.

The woman’s boyfriend claimed that the deputies refused to help when he reported the incident, according to a police report. NOPD Sgt. Samuel Dupre wrote in the same document that when he arrived on the scene, deputies again tried to avoid dealing with the situation, including one deputy who literally backed away from him.

“We will be reviewing the actions of the deputies to determine if any policies or procedures were violated,” Gusman said in a statement. “We will follow all leads in this investigation.”

Dupre’s report noted that a Deputy Holliday was leading the nightclub detail, but sheriff’s office spokesman Philip Stelly did not immediately confirm the name of any of the deputies working that morning.