Consent Decree
9:25 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Judge to review NOPD reform blueprints

A federal judge is set to hear a request for her to approve a court-supervised agreement to clean up the troubled New Orleans Police Department.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan scheduled a fairness hearing Friday on a federal consent decree signed in July by the Justice Department and the city.

The changes spelled out in the 124-page agreement are some of the most sweeping police reforms ever negotiated by the federal government.

The Police Department would be required to overhaul its policies and procedures for use of force, training, interrogations, searches and arrests, recruitment and supervision.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu has estimated the city will pay roughly $11 million annually for the next four or five years to implement the reforms.

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