Judge says New Orleans police reforms not fast enough
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge says efforts by the New Orleans Police Department to eliminate unconstitutional practices and turn the city's police into a modern force are moving too slowly.
At a court hearing Thursday, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan said she wanted to see more progress in a variety of areas - from better training to better supervision of officers.
The police department and city signed a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2012 to overhaul the department and strip away allegedly unconstitutional conduct by officers.
Morgan praised the department for making improvements but added that it had a long way to go before it could be considered in compliance.
The police department told the judge it was working at many levels to improve its performance.