Despite objections from the city, 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 troubled Police Department.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu had invited Justice Department intervention in the department soon after taking office in 2010 and had sought the agreement as a way of putting reforms into law. But throughout months of negotiations, he had expressed concerns about the potential costs.
The New Orleans Police Department will be conducting a motorist sobriety checkpoint "in the Orleans Parish area" tonight, according to a press release issued by NOPD spokeswoman Hilal Williams.
The NOPD Traffic Division will conduct the checkpoint from approximately 9 p.m. tonight until 5 a.m. Friday morning, the department said. Motorists are advised to have the proper documentation available if requested by the police, including proof of insurance and a driver's license.
New Orleans homicide detectives are investigating the shooting of a man who was discovered dead this afternoon in the rear yard of an abandoned house in the 7th Ward, the police department said in a press release.
"An anonymous caller phoned police stating a male has been down in a rear yard for a while," said NOPD spokesman Frank B. Robertson, III. "Officers arrived and found the victim; he’d been shot multiple times and died on the scene."
A group representing rank-and-file New Orleans police officers says a scandal spawned by a federal prosecutor's anonymous posts on a newspaper's website has poisoned a sweeping agreement to clean up the city's troubled police department.
A court filing Friday by the Police Association of New Orleans urges U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to permit the group to intervene in the court-supervised consent decree between the Justice Department and the city.
A New Orleans man charged with having a role in five killings, including the fatal shooting of an off-duty police officer, has agreed to plead guilty in the case.
Robert Toale, one of Steven Earl Hardrick's attorneys, said his client has a plea agreement with prosecutors but wouldn't elaborate on specifics of the plea. Hardrick is scheduled to plead guilty on Thursday.
In October 2007, Hardrick and others allegedly broke into the home of New Orleans Police Detective Thelonius Dukes and demanded money and cocaine before shooting him. Dukes died later.