Federal judges postpones police reform meeting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge granted a request from city and Department of Justice officials to postpone a New Orleans Police Department consent decree monitor selection committee meeting.

Tuesday's meeting was the deadline for the committee to indicate whether they had agreed on which firm should oversee the implementation of mandated reforms for police department. But both the deadline and meeting have been pushed back to May 14.

The 10-member selection committee claimed in a motion filed Monday it was closer to agreeing on which firm should be the consent decree monitor, so it asked U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan for more time.

The motion didn't say whether the selection committee was leaning toward either of the two finalists, Hillard Heintze of Chicago and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton of Washington D.C.

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