Federal judge sides with Justice on police monitor
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has sided with the Justice Department and appointed a firm to oversee the reforms at the New Orleans Police Department.
WDSU-TV reports U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan appointed the Washington D.C.-based firm Sheppard, Mullin, Richter and Hampton to oversee the consent decree inside the police department.
The ruling is a blow to the Landrieu administration, which wanted a Chicago-based company led by a former police official to oversee matters.
In her ruling, Morgan said the firm "makes a strong case for its competence in communicating with the public," as well as implementing reform.
Morgan said she appointed the monitor because the city has been unable to do so.
She said it's imperative that a monitor begin work as soon as possible.