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Live blog Tuesday: Court monitor holds public meeting to discuss NOPD reforms

The federally appointed firm monitoring reforms of the New Orleans Police Department will hold the first of two public meetings Tuesday night at Xavier University.

The meeting will be held at 1 Drexel Dr., University Center Room 205, at 6 p.m. The Lens will live-blog it here.

The firm of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton, selected last year over Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s objections, released its third report last month on the Police Department’s progress in implementing reforms mandated by a federal consent decree.

The monitoring team will discuss that report and solicit questions and comments from the public.

Among the monitor’s findings, most police interactions — including officers’ use of force — are still not being recorded due to poor maintenance and supervision, NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reported.

That finding is the subject of a relatively rare public hearing scheduled Wednesday morning in U.S. District Court. The Lens will live-blog that hearing as well.

The monitor’s report also said its team has received reports that the department may be working improperly with federal immigration officials and racially profiling suspected illegal immigrants. An NOPD spokesman told The Lens that the department is revising its immigration violations policy, which calls for cooperating with federal immigration agents.

Members of the monitoring team will hold another public meeting Wednesday at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. That meeting begins at 5:30 p.m.

Live blog, 6 p.m. Tuesday

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