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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has refused to let the city of New Orleans out of a potentially expensive agreement to reform its troubled police department.

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan issued her ruling Thursday. City officials said they planned to appeal the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

City officials reached the agreement last year with the Justice Department calling for sweeping changes in police practices and policies.

But Mayor Mitch Landrieu later tried to put the brakes on the agreement. He said a separate agreement the Justice Department reached with Sheriff Marlin Gusman to clean up the city's jail could force layoffs or cuts in services in the financially strapped city.


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