Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- Community members fired tough questions at the new, NOPD federal consent decree monitor in Mid-City. A community meeting was held Tuesday night to meet the man and the D.C.-based law firm chosen to make sure the New Orleans Police Department shapes up.
"Danzinger makes this even more important, because once again the people of New Orleans are being robbed of justice," said W.C. Johnson with Community United For Change.
After high-profile cases involving NOPD officers, like in the Danziger bridge shootings and the shooting death of Wendell Allen, who was killed by a police officer in Gentilly, the NOPD consent decree is finally moving forward.
"Wendell Allen was my student. I was a teacher at Frederick Douglass," said Adisa Lois Adams, who sat in the audience to hear what the new NOPD Federal Consent Decree Monitor had to say.
At the helm of enforcing the 124-page decree is Jonathan Aronie of D.C. law firm Sheppard Mullin.
"This is my rule book, not only the rule book for NOPD and the city. But it's the rule book that governs what we as a team do," Aronie said.
The agreement spells out out a series of requirements for overhauling the police department's policies and procedures for use of force, training, interrogation, searches and arrests, recruitment and supervision. Aronie was flanked by two members of his team listening as citizens weighed in on the process.