POLITICS -- July 25, 2012 at 4:17 PM ET
New Regulations Hit New Orleans Police Department
New Orleans Police at a jazz funeral to honor Hurricane Katrina victims in August 2010. Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu released a consent decree Tuesday that sets forth strict new regulations of police conduct.
Gwen Ifill spoke with U.S. Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the Justice Department's Civil Rights division and Ronal Serpas, Superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department, about the ramifications of the new rules on the city on Wednesday's NewsHour. Check out the conversation below.
The consent decree contains over 490 stipulations for the new plan to reform New Orleans Police Department. Review the extensive document here to get a sense of some of the changes being rolled out.
Yesterday's decree is a direct result of a 2011 investigative report filed by the Department of Justice. Mayor Landrieu called for the report in a letter he sent to Attorney General Holder in 2010. Here are the findings of that investigation.