Court temporarily blocks N.O. police reforms
NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court has agreed to temporarily block the enforcement and implementation of a plan to reform the troubled New Orleans Police Department, but the order may only last a few days.
On Thursday, a three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals temporarily granted the city's request for a stay pending its appeal of U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's approval of the reform package.
The panel gave the Justice Department until Monday to respond to the city officials' argument that they shouldn't have to sign a costly contract for a firm to oversee the agreement's implementation before a ruling on their appeal.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has tried to put the brakes on the agreement, but Morgan has refused to let the city out of the deal.