Today's historic consent decree has been a long time coming. And that's the topic of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- The Justice Department's 12-page complaint filed against NOPD today reads like an indictment. It should.

The complaint follows a scathing report last year that laid bare decades of civil rights violations and other crimes by local cops.

Worst of all, the feds accuse NOPD leadership of turning a blind eye to the problem, by failing to properly train, oversee and discipline bad cops.

Starting today, all that should change. Because as of today, the feds will actively hold the mayor, the police chief and rank-and-file cops accountable to a set of standards designed to make all New Orleans cops answerable for all of their acts and omissions.

Let me be clear: Today's consent decree is not an indictment of all New Orleans cops. I believe the vast majority of our police men and women are honest, hard working, dedicated and fair.

But for too long NOPD has had a culture that tolerates discrimination, abuse, lax enforcement and corruption.

The only way to truly show respect for NOPD's many good cops is to root out the bad ones and to make sure that the corrupt ways of the past are never tolerated again.


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