Judge Again Turns Down New Orleans Attempt to End Police Consent Decree


Shortly after U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan denied New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s request to vacate a consent decree mandating widespread changes at the New Orleans Police Department, city lawyers for a second time this year filed a motion urging the judge to temporarily stay the implementation of the agreement, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Morgan didn’t even wait 24 hours to reject the Landrieu administration’s petition. The sequence of events illustrates how badly Landrieu wants to shelve the multimillion-dollar consent decree, at least as long as there is a separate, expensive agreement in place to simultaneously reform Orleans Parish Prison. Last Thursday, Morgan opted against vacating the consent decree, which she deemed “a fair, adequate and reasonable solution for transforming the NOPD into a world class police force.”

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