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Judge Approves Sweeping New Orleans Police Reforms

January 11, 2013  | 

A federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's long-troubled police department, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who once strongly backed it, said the city wants to put the brakes on it because of costs.

Landrieu said he asked U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to delay final approval, largely because the Justice Department has also entered into a potentially expensive separate agreement with the New Orleans sheriff for reforms at the city-funded jail.

Morgan, however, approved the agreement, calling it "fair, adequate and reasonable" in a Friday ruling.

"The Orleans Parish Prison consent decree may cost $17 million, which is not budgeted for this year and would therefore bankrupt the city," Landrieu said in a news release. "If a federal judge ordered the city to pay $17 million, we would need to furlough every city employee, including police officers, for 28 days. It makes no sense to furlough or lay off police officers to give pay raises to prison guards."

Read the full Associated Press story.

Related:

Feds, New Orleans Announce Police Reforms

DOJ Report Details New Orleans Police Misconduct

Tags: New Orleans PD, Consent Decrees, City Budgets


Comments (2)

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Jim A @ 1/14/2013 8:30 PM

It seems like all the people have to do is cry and the justice department shows up to investigate. Sad. Maybe justified in some very limited cases, but certainly overkill in others.

Ima Leprechaun @ 1/15/2013 5:59 AM

New Orleans Police Officers need better pay and fair benefits. The NO PD has been the most corrupt PD in the USA for the last 30 years. If not for their side jobs they would not earn a viable living. They lack basic equipment and fair wages. I saw a NO cop running hot during New Years Eve and while he had a nice loud siren not one light on his revolving light bar worked, the reflectors were all rotating but not one bulb was on. It's sad but true, they need a complete overhaul and basic equipment that the rest of us take for granted. There are not limited cases in New Orleans, the whole department is a disaster.

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