Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Whither the Serpas Signal?

The Department of Justice has released the details of the consent decree by which it will impose reforms on the New Orleans Police Department.  WWLTV's report highlights something interesting.

Among the changes expected to come with the consent decree is the NOPD policy regarding traffic stops, searches and arrests.

"The most blatant is the obvious use of excessive force by the police department. I briefly had an opportunity to look at what was in the consent decree and a lot of what they were talking about was the investigatory stops of individuals on the street that the police department is abusing that process," Gary Bizal, a civil rights attorney.
The full document is available at this link.  At 3:30 you can tune in to the presser via your favorite radio, TV, or Twitter station.

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