Overhaul for New Orleans Police

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 24: Attorney General Eric Holder (R) along with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas discuss the Federal Consent Decree at Gallier Hall on July 24, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The signing of the federal consent decree was designed to clean up a police force that had been plagued by decades of corruption and abuse.(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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    Attorney General Eric Holder, alongside New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, is spearheading an overhaul of the New Orleans Police Department—the most wide ranging ever implemented by the Justice Department in its history. The police department’s decades of corruption and disorganization were highlighted by the chaos following Hurricane Katrina, which included several police shootings. “There can be no question that today’s action represents a critical step forward,” said Holder. “It reaffirms the Justice Department’s commitment to fair and vigorous law enforcement at every level.” The agreement lays out a number of requirements New Orleans police must meet regarding training, interrogations, recruitment, searches, arrests, supervision, and use of force.

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