At least eight episodes have been investigated separately by federal law enforcement officials, including a shooting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when police officers killed two people and wounded four others at the city’s Danziger Bridge.
By JOHN SCHWARTZ NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Police Department and the United States Department of Justice on Tuesday are expected to announce a sweeping agreement to reform the city’s scandal-ridden police force.
The agreement, known as a consent decree, is nothing short of a top-to-bottom plan to overhaul a department that has withstood a number of previous efforts to overcome systemic problems of police violence and corruption.
The plan is scheduled to be announced at a news conference here late Tuesday afternoon and calls for new policies to govern the use of force by the police, for searches and seizures, arrests, interrogations and photographic lineups. It deals with recruiting and training, performance evaluations and promotions, misconduct-complaint issues, and even the lucrative off-duty work assignments that had become a potent source of corruption.