Feds Fault New Orleans Police for Unconstitutional Conduct
The scathing report released Thursday says the department has long failed to adequately protect New Orleans residents. It cites numerous reasons for the failures, including inadequate supervision and ineffective methods of taking and investigating complaints.
The report was the result of a request made by Mayor Mitch Landrieu shortly after he took office in May 2010. Landrieu has said he would welcome a federal consent decree ordering changes once the Justice Department completed its review.
The department had been plagued by scandal for decades, including shootings of unarmed people in the chaos that followed Hurricane Katrina in 2005.