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.
New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu says the resignation of longtime federal prosecutor Sal Perricone over anonymous and scathing website postings is justified by the facts of the case.
“I think Sal evidently has a very serious problem. And I think that some of the things that he has said and the way that he has done it has posed, you know, a huge problem that we have to work through. The US Attorney and the Justice Department said they’re going to do a full and thorough investigation. I take them at their word that they’re going to do that.”