The citizens' advocacy group Community United for Change (CUC) last week served notice of its intention to appeal U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan's late August decision denying its motion to intervene in the proposed consent decree between the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
In that ruling, Morgan denied three other groups the right to be added as parties to the consent decree. Those groups are the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the Police Association of New Orleans (PANO) and the Office of the Independent Police Monitor.
CUC is now the second group to appeal Morgan's decision. FOP filed for an appeal on Sept. 19. The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has yet to schedule a hearing on the FOP appeal.
"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," reads an email statement from the group. "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."
Morgan conducted an evidentiary hearing on the consent decree in September. As of press time, she had not given final approval to the proposed agreement. — Charles Maldonado