Appeals court ends block police reform pact

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - In a setback for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration, a federal appeals court has ended its block of a potentially expensive agreement to reform the city's troubled police department.

The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals blocked the reforms temporarily last week. But the appeals court lifted that block Wednesday, saying the city has failed to show it is likely to win its appeal.

Landrieu and the U.S. Justice Department reached the agreement last summer. But Landrieu tried to get the city out of the agreement when justice officials later reached a separate agreement with the New Orleans sheriff for reforms at the city's jail.

A federal judge is expected to decide whether to approve the jail agreement Wednesday afternoon. Landrieu says the city can't afford to fund both agreements.

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