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Feds, New Orleans Announce Police Reforms

July 24, 2012  | 

Photo: CC_Flickr
Photo: CC_Flickr

The New Orleans Police Department faces a sweeping operational overhaul outlined in a federal consent decree unveiled Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

The agreement, which remains in effect until the department complies with its provisions for two consecutive years, requires broad changes in policies and practices relating to the use of force; stops, searches and arrests; custodial interrogations; photographic line-ups; preventing discriminatory policing; community engagement; recruitment; training; officer assistance and support; performance evaluations and promotions; supervision; misconduct investigations; and the system of secondary employment known as paid details.

The agreement also requires more transparency, encourages greater civilian oversight, and increases community interaction and partnerships, according to the Justice Department release.

The consent decree is the product of a federal "pattern or practice" civil rights investigation of the agency that began in May 2010. Almost a year later, the Justice Department released a scathing 158-page report detailing "systematic violations of civil rights" relating to use of force.

The report also called department's paid detail system the "aorta of corruption" because lieutenants and captains request moonlighting work from the officers they supervise.

The investigation also found evidence of discriminatory policing based on race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, according to the release.


DOJ Report Details New Orleans Police Misconduct

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Billy @ 7/24/2012 9:56 PM

I was an LEO in that area in the late 70's/early 80's and unless things have really changed for the better officers worked for "peanuts." If it wasn't for paid details most LEO's wouldn't be able to make ends meet. Low pay not only fertilizes the seeds of corruption, but also keeps the best and brightest away - you get what you pay for. I would be dubious of anything Eric Holder has to say, but in my mind "profiling" is just a bunch of politically correct BS. When you are an LEO you go where the crime is; unfortunately it is usually concentrated in a few areas where there is a large minority population. If all your calls for service are in that area and you must continually go there to keep the peace and prevent violence and crime is that profiling? Do you concentrate your manpower on low-crime areas just to avoid the stigma of profiling? Why do you think TSA pats down children and blue-haired old ladies? Because if they patted down those that they should be targeting, they'd be accused of profiling! Yes NOPD has a lot of problems, but I bet some respect, a better salary, increased training and moral-boosting support from the mayor on down would do wonders...

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/24/2012 10:00 PM

I have been to the big easy once, its more than enough. It was a long time before Katrina. They were then and probably now too the worst paid and most corrupt police in the USA. Not all their fault and I know there are still good people in every hell hole. I heard a siren looked for the police car and as it past me all the little rotator lights were spinning and not one bulb was lit. At least the siren worked. They are am impressive bunch in a crowd and there is no crowd like a NO crowd New Years Eve. You can die at one end of the french quarter and not touch pavement uintil the other end literally. Impressive mounted units the best I ever saw. Friendly sure just under paid and not respected back then. There are no words to describe how bad it was and that was before it was "bad". Pay them right, give them decent benefits and professionalism follows very fast. Everybody deserves a living wage and shouldn't have to work in bars as bouncers to support their income just to feed the kids.

Ima Leprechaun @ 7/24/2012 10:06 PM

I never once used a profile the way these politicians mean and honestly I don't understand what they are talking about but the only profile I ever used was a "suicide profile" and its used to find the body.

Glen @ 7/24/2012 11:41 PM

Eric Holder promoting transparency? Now the whole thing is in question.

Thomas J. Nelson @ 7/25/2012 8:00 AM

The NO PD needs to bump up the officers pay and benefits is a fact like so many others have already posted Billy is right you have to profile it's just good old fashion police work by knowing the habits different Races both the Law-abiding and the ones not white blacks middle eastren lattino's the list is endless all have very different traits by knowing who your dealing with keeps you alive and joe jane doe avg law abiding citizens communication is key jmpo

Dan @ 8/1/2012 8:18 AM

Since when has the federal government being involved straightened anything out. Wasn't if a federal agency that was involved in getting border officer killed so they could try and fool the public with some fake gun stats. Good luck New Orleans

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