NEW ORLEANS - The federal government has issued the blueprint to reform the New Orleans Police Department.
The goal of the consent decree is to cut crime and restore public confidence in the NOPD, while respecting the constitution.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said that many of the changes outlined in the consent decree are already underway.
"The consent decree will allow us to move forward together, and will enable the people of New Orleans to have, in the words of Mayor Landrieu, 'a world class police department.' It will also resolve the government's allegations that the NOPD engaged in a pattern of practice that was both discriminatory and unconstitutional and that too often undermined the public's trust and the city's efforts to effectively prevent crime," Holder said.
The consent decree tackles other controversial issues such as paid police details, which the justice department described as an "aorta of corruption."
Eyewitness News legal analyst Chick Foret went over the hefty document and joined us with his take.