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NOPD Consent Decree

In May 2010, at the invitation of Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) began investigating an alleged pattern of civil rights violations and other misconduct by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD). On March 16, 2011, the DOJ issued a written report alleging unconstitutional conduct by the NOPD and describing the DOJ’s concerns about various NOPD policies and procedures.

On July 24, 2012, the City, the NOPD and the DOJ entered into a Consent Decree, which was the nation’s most expansive Consent Decree. The Consent Decree contains a broad array of separate tasks and goals detailed in more than 490 paragraphs and 110 pages; it reflects a shared commitment to effective, constitutional, and professional law enforcement. The Court approved the Consent Decree on January 11, 2013.

The Consent Decree is a broad, extensive blueprint for positive change, and it encompasses sweeping, department-wide reforms that understandably may require years to accomplish fully.

View more about NOPD Consent Decree on NOPD's full site

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