The citizens' group Community United for Change today filed a notice of appeal in U.S. District Court challenging federal Judge Susie Morgan's decision to block them, as well as three other groups, from intervening in the (still proposed and not finalized) federal consent decree between the New Orleans Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice.
The following is from an emailed CUC statement:
As many of you know, CUC filed Intervention petitions to insure the rights and protection of the only injured and abridged parties to the “Crisis of Corruption” perpetrated by the NOPD, that being the citizens of New Orleans.
It is important to note that CUC was among other community organizations that petition the federal government for relief from the murder, corruption, deprivation of rights, and organized terror the NOPD has been dispensing upon the City of New Orleans for at least 50 years.
CUC is the second group to seek an appeal in the ongoing case. On Sept. 19, two days before a fairness hearing on the proposed decree, the Fraternal Order of Police appealed the same decision.
The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals is yet to schedule a hearing on the FOP appeal.
Earlier this month, CUC and FOP both submitted requests to be included in monthly status conferences on consent decree progress.
Read the Community United for Change filing: CUCStatement.pdf
Read the Fraternal Order of Police filing: FOPStatement.pdf