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City Wants Out of NOPD Consent Decree
The City of New Orleans wants to pull out of the federally-mandated reforms that it signed off on for the New Orleans Police Department. Late Thursday, the City filed a motion to vacate the consent decree that laid out a roadmap for hundreds of changes in conduct, procedure and training at the NOPD. The move marks an about-face for Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, which was a major proponent of the reforms.
The City based its arguments around the fact that the feds didn't wait to fix Orleans Parish Prison before executing the police reforms, as well as the involvement of disgraced federal prosecutor Sal Perricone aka Henry L Mencken1951. The cost of the OPP reform combined with NOPD makes paying for the changes at both facilites a burden, the city states. The total tab for both projects runs about 68 million dollars.
Perricone's involvement comes in comments on nola.com he fired off concerning Landrieu and NOPD Chief Ronal Serpas. Perricone dubbed the term "aorta of corruption" for the detail system, and his commenting on nola.com "undermined the integrity" of the consent decree, the City argues. In some of his more personal postings, Perricone advocates the appointment of an experienced federal justice official as Superintendant of Police.
The City also throws in some lagniappe regarding the paid secondary detail reforms, positing that the suggested changes conflict with federal labor law.
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