Federal judge refuses to let city out of agreement to reform the NOPD
U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan has refused to let the city of New Orleans out of a potentially expensive agreement to reform its troubled police department.
In her ruling, the judge said she remains convinced that the 124-page NOPD consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice "is a fair, adequate, and reasonable solution for transforming the NOPD into a world class police force."
The city is expected to file a challenge with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
City officials last year reached the agreement with the Justice Department calling for sweeping changes in police practices and policies. But Mayor Mitch Landrieu later tried to put the brakes on the agreement.
Landrieu said a separate agreement the Justice Department reached with Sheriff Marlin Gusman to clean up the city's jail could force layoffs or cuts in services in the financially strapped city.
Implementing the reforms mandated by the NOPD consent decree will cost the city an estimated $50 to $55 million over the next few years. The city has said the consent decree for the Orleans Parish Prison could cost city government an additional $20 million.