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Federal Lawmakers Call for Update on Baltimore Consent Decree Talks

November 22, 2016
Six members of Maryland's congressional delegation on Tuesday asked the U.S. Justice Department for an update on the status of its negotiations with Baltimore to address unconstitutional policing, citing "growing concern from the community" about the possibility of further delay.

Video: Baltimore Police Consult New Orleans PD After Justice Department Report

August 24, 2016
Harrison says the NOPD is well on its way to complying with the federal consent decree, and Baltimore Police hope they can do the same. They'll tour the training facility and look at what the NOPD calls better supervision practices and reforms.

Baltimore Police Consult New Orleans PD After Justice Department Report

August 24, 2016
Harrison says the NOPD is well on its way to complying with the federal consent decree, and Baltimore Police hope they can do the same. They'll tour the training facility and look at what the NOPD calls better supervision practices and reforms. More Here.

Federal Judge Declares “Black Lives Matter” During Open Court Hearing Over Seattle Police Reform

August 17, 2016
“To hide behind a collective-bargaining agreement is not going to work,” Robart said during a dramatic court hearing he opened by laying out a path for police-accountability reform and closed with an emotional declaration that “black lives matter.”

DOJ Mandated Police Reforms Expected to Strain Baltimore Budget

August 11, 2016
Implementing changes is costly. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said other big police departments have spent between $5 million and $10 million a year to impose fixes, and she anticipates a similar bill for Baltimore.

City of Cleveland Vows to Fix Problems in Investigating Police-Misconduct Claims

June 14, 2016
The city of Cleveland said in a court filing that it's working toward fixing the "dire" branch of the Cleveland police department that investigates officer misconduct complaints from citizens.

Video: Albuquerque Police Revise Use-of-Force Training Under Federal Guidance

May 10, 2016
Now months into a multi-year federal monitoring period, APD is close to completing its requirement to give new “use of force” training to its entire staff of sworn police officers.

Federal Oversight of Detroit PD Ends

April 4, 2016
After 13 years of being watched by the federal government, scrutinized over how it handles arrests and lockups, the Detroit Police Department is officially free from Big Brother oversight.

Video: DOJ Sues Ferguson After Council Votes to Revise Consent Decree

February 12, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice accused Ferguson of numerous constitutional violations in a 56-page lawsuit filed Wednesday, saying that the City Council had in fact rejected a proposed agreement the night before — despite Ferguson officials repeated claims to the contrary.

DOJ Sues Ferguson After Council Votes to Revise Consent Decree

February 12, 2016
The U.S. Department of Justice accused Ferguson of numerous constitutional violations in a 56-page lawsuit filed Wednesday, saying that the City Council had in fact rejected a proposed agreement the night before — despite Ferguson officials repeated claims to the contrary. More Here.

Monitor to Submit First-Year Plan for Cleveland Police Reform

February 2, 2016
The city of Cleveland must devise a new use-of-force policy and have officers trained to implement it by the end of 2016, according to the first-year plan for a consent decree aimed at reforming the troubled Cleveland Police Department.

Moody's Cuts Ferguson Credit Rating to 'Junk' Status

September 18, 2015
Moody's Investors Service cut the credit rating of Ferguson, Mo., to "junk" status on Thursday, citing the city's sharply deteriorating finances.

2 Seattle Officers in Trouble Over Comments About De-Escalation Training

June 30, 2015
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole has asked the department’s internal-investigations unit to conduct a preliminary review of comments made by two officers in a New York Times video and story on de-escalation training.

Groups Seek Changes to Cleveland Consent Decree

June 29, 2015
The NAACP and other civil rights groups want a federal judge to modify a consent decree aimed at reforming the troubled Cleveland police department by requiring outside agencies to investigate deadly police-use-of-force cases and to make the job of police inspector general more independent, according to brief filed Monday.

Federal Monitor Wants Seattle Officers to Wear Body Cameras

June 16, 2015
“The time for permanent use of on-officer cameras by all SPD officers is now,” the monitor, Merrick Bobb, writes in the fifth semiannual report since the city entered into a 2012 consent decree with the U.S. Justice Department to curtail excessive force and biased policing.

Cleveland Chief: Officers Should See Themselves as 'Guardians,' Not 'Warriors'

June 11, 2015
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Wednesday that among the challenges he faces in reforming his department in concert with a federal consent decree is training his officers to view themselves as guardians of the community, rather than warriors.

Cleveland Police Union Says Federal Reforms Endanger Officers

May 29, 2015
The head of the Cleveland police department's patrol union said aspects of the agreement that mandates sweeping reforms to the city's police department could put officers in danger.

Cleveland to Overhaul Police Use-of-Force Policy Under Federal Consent Decree

May 26, 2015
Officers will be held to higher standards on unholstering and firing their weapons and no longer will be allowed to use their guns to strike suspects as they would with a baton.

Cleveland PD Consent Decree Monitor Sought

March 31, 2015
The U.S. Justice Department and city of Cleveland have taken the first steps toward finding an independent monitor to ensure that the city complies with the terms of an anticipated consent decree addressing the use of excessive force by Cleveland police.

Ferguson Not Alone in Attracting Justice Department Ire

March 5, 2015
The report includes information on what is happening in Cleveland; East Haven, Conn.; Missoula County, Mont.; New Orleans; Albuquerque; and Newark.
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