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Court Removes Federal Oversight of Detroit PD

August 26, 2014
The Detroit Police Department will no longer answer to a U.S. Department of Justice overseer. One has been in place since 2003 after an investigation revealed numerous complaints of improper use of force by officers and improper treatment of witnesses.

Albuquerque PD Consent Decree Plans Under Wraps

June 26, 2014
Albuquerque police officers and activists critical of police agree on one thing: They'd like to see what's on the table in negotiations between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice over what reforms the Albuquerque Police Department will have to make.

Seattle PD Lawsuit: Calling Out Goliath

June 21, 2014

Late last month 126 officers of the Seattle Police Department decided it was time to stand up and challenge Goliath, in this case the federal government. Instead of a sling and a stone, they wielded a lawsuit.

Seattle Responds to Officers' Use-of-Force Policy Lawsuit

June 19, 2014
But in alerting U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman to the prior finding, the notice gave Pechman an option to keep the case, transfer it to the other judge, U.S. District Judge James Robart, or consult with him on what course to take.

Seattle Officers Sue Over Use-of-Force Reforms

May 29, 2014
The civil-rights suit, filed in U.S. District Court, contends the changes have effectively created “hesitation and paralysis” among officers, stripping them of their constitutional and legal right to make reasonable, split-second judgments in the line of duty.

The Detroit Blues

October 10, 2013

A force of 2,419 Detroit Police officers now provides law enforcement services to the shrinking city of just over 706,000 residents. Between 1990 and 2011, the city lost a third of its residents. Since 2003, the agency has lost a third of its officers. 

DOJ: Miami PD Used Excessive Force

July 9, 2013
For the first time ever, a federal judge will monitor the Miami Police Department to help prevent its officers from using excessive force after the U.S. Justice Department Tuesday found that several police-involved shootings were unjustified during a four-year period.

Judge Approves New Orleans Jail Reform Plan

June 7, 2013
A federal judge approved a consent decree Thursday governing an operational overhaul of Orleans Parish Prison that would reform one of the country's most dangerous lockups known for inmate deaths, sexual assaults, beatings, stabbings and poor medical care.

Federal Oversight of LAPD Ends

May 17, 2013
The federal judge who oversaw a dramatic, forced transformation of the Los Angeles Police Department has freed the department from the final vestiges of federal oversight.

Oakland Chief Announces Medical Retirement

May 9, 2013
Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has stepped down from the department for medical reasons, he wrote in a letter to the force Thursday. Jordan, a longtime agency veteran, had led the force for 19 months.

Judge Approves Sweeping New Orleans Police Reforms

January 11, 2013
A federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's long-troubled police department, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu, who once strongly backed it, said the city wants to put the brakes on it because of costs.

Federal Judge Takes Over Oakland Police Department

December 14, 2012
A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling.

Portland Police Reforms Include Civilian Oversight Board

October 30, 2012
The Portland Police Bureau will establish a crisis intervention team and civilian oversight committee under a settlement agreement with the federal Department of Justice.

Seattle, Feds Agree On Police Reform

July 30, 2012
Seattle officials agreed to an independent monitor and court oversight of the city's police department as part of an agreement announced Friday with the Justice Department following a damning report that found officers routinely used excessive force.

Feds, New Orleans Announce Police Reforms

July 24, 2012
The New Orleans Police Department faces a sweeping operational overhaul outlined in a federal consent decree unveiled Tuesday by Attorney General Eric Holder and Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

New Orleans Police Union Surveys Patrol Morale

June 5, 2012
A New Orleans patrol officer union announced it would query its members about departmental policies and procedures to highlight rank-and-file issues that need to be addressed.

Black Officers Claim Hiring Discrimination In Syracuse

February 29, 2012
In a federal lawsuit, three black Syracuse police officers claim racial discrimination in promotion and hiring practices by the department.

Oakland Police Face Federal Takeover

January 26, 2012
The Oakland Police Department must give up some of its executive powers to a court-appointed monitor, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

N.J. State Police Are a Model Agency, A.G. Says

October 5, 2011
The New Jersey State Police have been a "model law enforcement agency" since being placed under federal oversight in 2009, the state's Attorney General Paula Dow said at a press conference this morning.

Detroit PD Makes Gains in Overcoming Former Abuses, Monitor Says

July 12, 2011
The Detroit Police Department made significant progress during the past three months in carrying out federally mandated reforms, a court-appointed monitor reported today.
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