New Orleans police deal OK'd; city wants changes

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Associated Press

Posted on January 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 11 at 6:30 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's long-troubled Police Department, but the city wants out of at least some of its provisions.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu said he asked U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan to delay final approval, largely because the Justice Department has also entered into a potentially expensive agreement with the New Orleans sheriff for reforms at the city-funded jail.

Morgan, however, approved the agreement, calling it "fair, adequate and reasonable."

Landrieu said at an impromptu news conference Friday that he is unsure of the city's next legal step. But, he said, adhering to both agreements could force the city into financial choices that won't be good for its people.

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