Judge denies city's request to delay consent decree

New Orleans, La. - A federal judge denied the city's request to delay imposing the NOPD consent decree.

The agreement between the city and the U.S. Justice Department spells out sweeping reforms for the NOPD.

The city had asked a judge for more time claiming the feds withheld information on just how expensive a separate consent decree involving the Orleans Parish Prison would cost.

The judge's order states the city would not suffer harm if the NOPD consent decree moves forward.

The mayor's office issued a statement Friday afternoon saying, "Our reason for requesting a stay was pretty simple—while the NOPD consent decree is being litigated, we have asked the Court not to force us to make any large expenditures related to the police consent decree because it is clear that both the prison and NOPD consent decrees cannot be paid for at this time without raising taxes or laying off or furloughing employees. It does not make sense to lay off or furlough police officers so the Sheriff can hire more prison guards and pay them higher salaries.

"The City will not encumber any large expenses while we continue to move forward with our motion to vacate the consent decree.

"Nonetheless, we are moving full speed ahead with reforming the New Orleans Police Department's operations and practices. The DOJ itself has commended our reforms related to the K9 unit and homicide bureau, among others.  Attorney General Eric Holder has said that "meaningful progress has already been made… Mayor Landrieu and Chief Serpas did not wait for our findings to begin the reform process."

The Mayor has a strong track record for reform and just this week, we announced that the City has completely reformed practices at the Youth Study Center and has been released from a federal consent decree there. Mayor Landrieu remains completely committed to completely transforming the NOPD."