NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. attorney general on Tuesday will announce sweeping reforms of New Orleans's long-troubled police department.
Last year, the Justice Department issued a scathing report that said New Orleans police officers have often used deadly force without justification, repeatedly made unconstitutional arrests and engaged in racial profiling.
The officers were sentenced to prison terms of up to 65 years. Five others pleaded guilty to engaging in a cover-up plot that included a planted gun, phony witnesses and fabricated reports.
This is proof-positive that law-enforcement in America is inundated with corruption to the point that it is not only rampant, but systematic. This is not a matter of good cop vs. bad cop. This is a matter of widespread abuse of power to the level of fascist totalitarianism.
There are no "good cops" while they turn a blind eye to, and serve alongside this scourge.
Sadly, this "scathing" report by the Attorney General will not have a substantive impact in New Orleans, nor does it address the rampant abuses of authority nationwide.