Sheriff/Mayor Exchange Jabs Following Latest Consent Decree Developments
Wednesday, a federal judge lifted a temporary stay on a federal consent decree for the New Orleans Police Department.
Mayor Mitch Landrieu has said the city is unable to pay for the city’s two consent decrees, the one for the NOPD and another for the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office.
In a statement, Landrieu said the problems with the OPSO are about more than spending money on reforms.
“I cannot in good conscience cut vital services or raise taxes to put even more money into the Sheriff’s Office where waste, fraud, and abuse run rampant,” the mayor’s statement reads. “Come hell or high water, we will reform the New Orleans Police Department and improve conditions at the jail.”
Sheriff Marlin Gusman released his response to the mayor’s comments later in the day. Gusman says the problems with the parish jail have been around longer than he’s been sheriff. He also accused the mayor of trying to divert attention from what needs to be done.
“This administration is diverting attention away from its failure to properly fund the Sheriff’s Office,” the sheriff’s statement reads. “The city needs to be seeking a solution and not another delay.”
Landrieu said the city plans to continue to fight the implementation of both consent decrees in court next week.