Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LA Times-Police Reform A Pressing Issue In New Orleans

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(Story reported by Richard A. Serrano for the LA Times)

LaTrell Washington, one of 25 recruits at the New Orleans Police Academy, said what everyone was thinking when she addressed her class at their graduation ceremony this month.

"Mistakes have been made before our time," she said. "We are here to change the image of the New Orleans Police Department."

The cadets are the first to graduate under a new mayor and a new police superintendent who have done something that for this city is unprecedented. This spring they invited the Justice Department to help them clean up a police force that many think had crossed the line from petty corruption to brutality and murder.

(click here to read the full story on the LA Times website)

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