NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has refused to delay implementation of an agreement calling for major reforms of the New Orleans Police Department.
U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's Friday decision came a day after she rejected the city's request to vacate the agreement it reached last year with the Justice Department
Mayor Mitch Landrieu initially hailed the agreement as a much-needed document to guide reforms. But he now says the city cannot afford the potential costs of the police pact and a separate agreement that Sheriff Marlin Gusman made for reforms of the city-funded jail.
The city is appealing Morgan's refusal to vacate the police agreement. Morgan, in refusing to delay its implementation, said Friday that the city hasn't shown that it is likely to win that appeal.