The New Orleans Police Department Essay

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On March 16th, 2011 the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division released an Investigation of the New Orleans Police Department. The scathing report found that too many officers within the Department lacked regard to constitutional policing; that respect for the civil rights and dignity of the people of New Orleans has been absent (Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, 2011). Additionally, the report found that those officers are just the tip of the iceberg of a much more structural deficiency within the organization. The constitutional violations found were rooted in how officers were recruited, trained, supervised, and held accountable (Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, 2011). The Obama administration has been aggressive in its pursuit to crackdown on police brutality, abuse, and discrimination. Under Attorney General Holder, the Justice Department has 20 impending investigations, and negotiated agreements to implement reforms in 15 departments (Childress, 2015). In the case of the New Orleans Police Department an agreement was reached with the DOJ, to be overseen by an appointed monitor and U.S. District Judge. This only came after months of negotiations on a variety of topics such as off-duty police details and financing of the reforms (McCarthy, 2012).
What does all this mean? First and foremost, police departments have to be organized in a manner that complies with the Constitution and builds public confidence.…

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