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DOJ Unveils Overhaul of New Orleans Police Department

HeadlineJul 25, 2012

The Justice Department has unveiled an agreement with the City of New Orleans to reform the city’s beleaguered police department. Known as a consent decree, the deal imposes hundreds of new policies overseeing police actions including the use of force, searches, seizures, arrests and interrogations. New Orleans police officers have been linked to a number of cases of unlawful force and even covering up their crimes, including the shooting deaths of two people on the Danziger Bridge in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A Justice Department probe last year found corruption and dysfunction in nearly every area of the New Orleans police force.

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