Mayor Landrieu fails in bid to halt pending NOPD reform deal
Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune
Mayor Mitch Landrieu tried in vain on Friday to slam the brakes on one of his most ballyhooed achievements -- a deal last summer with federal officials to instill sweeping reforms in the New Orleans Police Department. Instead, U.S. District Court Judge Susie Morgan entered the NOPD consent decree anyway, over Landrieu's objections.
Attorneys for the city told Morgan on Friday morning that the city refused to sign a final version of a federal consent decree that Landrieu and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder proudly announced last summer at Gallier Hall.
But the judge ignored it, leaving Landrieu unsure whether he has any recourse to reverse the decision. According to Morgan's ruling, the city has said it plans to seek relief from her judgment. The city must file a motion by Jan. 31.
The proposed prison reforms include increased training and better pay for sheriff's deputies, better mental health care for inmates and quicker reporting of incidents in a jail notorious for violence, death and escape.