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Chicago Mayor, Illinois AG Agree on Plan to Overhaul Police Department

Chicago Officers to Document Every Time They Point a Gun at Someone

Chicago police officers would be required to document every instance in which they point a gun at someone under an agreement reached Wednesday between Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, two sources familiar with the deal confirmed.

September 6, 2018

Report: Ohio Consent Decree is Likely to Last More than Five Years

A report issued on Wednesday — which monitor Matthew Barge and his 17-member team puts out twice a year — said "the City and Division of Police having made notable and significant progress in a number of critical areas, including, first and foremost, with respect to use of force" but that "significant work undoubtedly remains."

August 16, 2018

Anti-Police Activists Get Say in Chicago Police Reforms

Under the agreement, the community groups can provide input as the city and the attorney general’s office continue to negotiate the terms of the consent decree. And once the decree is in place, they can object if it is inadequate or push for enforcement if the Police Department fails to follow through on its commitments.

March 26, 2018

Judge Appoints Baltimore Consent Decree Monitor

Judge Appoints Baltimore Consent Decree Monitor

A federal judge has appointed Kenneth Thompson, an attorney at the Baltimore-based law firm Venable, as monitor of the sweeping consent decree mandating local police reforms between Baltimore and the U.S. Department of Justice.

October 3, 2017

More Than 2 Dozen Teams Apply to Serve as Monitor of Baltimore Police Consent Decree
Source: Chicago, Federal Government Draft Police Reform Deal

Source: Chicago, Federal Government Draft Police Reform Deal

The city of Chicago and the U.S. Justice Department have negotiated a draft agreement that calls for an independent monitor to oversee police department reforms, though it is unclear if there will be court oversight at some stage in the future, an official in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration said.

June 5, 2017

Body Camera Plan Approved for Seattle Police

The federal judge overseeing Seattle police reforms has approved the Police Department’s long-awaited body-camera proposal, resolving an issue that had put the plan on hold.

May 5, 2017

DOJ Has 'Grave Concerns' About Baltimore Police Overhaul Proposal

DOJ Has 'Grave Concerns' About Baltimore Police Overhaul Proposal

An attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice said in federal court in Baltimore on Thursday that the department has "grave concerns" about its proposed consent decree with the city and whether it will improve public safety, and needs more time to assess it.

April 6, 2017

Sessions Orders Review of All Police Reform Agreements

Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review Monday of all police reform agreements and investigations initiated by the Justice Department, part of an effort to cut back on federal oversight of local law enforcement.

April 4, 2017

Sessions: DOJ Monitoring Undermining Police Effectiveness

In his first speech as attorney general, Mr. Sessions did not name any specific cities, but he indicated that Justice Department scrutiny from afar was undermining the effectiveness of the police across the country.

March 1, 2017

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