Covering Louisiana

Apr 8, 2014 9:28 AM by AP (Photo courtesy MGN Online)

Federal judge rules in police off-duty details

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new system of police off-duty paid details, siding with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.
NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports the new policy is a major piece of a wide-ranging consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice.
In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan rejected claims by two police associations and the New Orleans Civil Service Commission that the city's takeover of police off-duty work violated civil service law by setting officer pay rates and trampled on the rights of officers to enter into private contracts with businesses.
Morgan is overseeing implementation of the consent decree aimed at overhauling the police department.

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