A federal judge in New Orleans on Friday approved a sweeping consent decree with the city's Police Department, one of the most ambitious blueprints for a police overhaul in the country in years. The agreement was announced last summer by officials from the city, the Police Department and the Justice Department, after two years of investigations and negotiations. But in a sign that the matter may be far from settled, Judge Susie Morgan of Federal District Court acknowledged in her order that the city intended to file a motion to withdraw from the deal. In a statement, Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu said he wanted to hold off on the pact because he objected to the millions of dollars the city may have to spend under a separate agreement pertaining to the city jail, which is currently being negotiated. "We asked the judge to hold off on executing the police consent decree until the price tag of the prison consent decree is clear," Mr. Landrieu said.
This article originally appeared in The New York Times.