Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday said his administration would move forward with changes to the Chicago Police Department after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered a review of federal agreements that have bound other cities’ departments to reforms.
April 4, 2017
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
New U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has questioned reports published by his agency about policing in Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri, describing "some of it" as "pretty anecdotal and not so scientifically based."
February 28, 2017
It discourages the arrests of citizens for quality of life offenses, requiring a supervisor to sign off on any request to take someone into custody for a minor infraction, and also mandates basic training for making stops and searches.
January 12, 2017
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Thursday that she is hopeful Department of Justice and Baltimore officials will agree to a consent decree governing police reform within the next month — and before President-elect Donald J. Trump takes office — but that reaching a deal depends on continued cooperation and good faith negotiations on the part of the city.
December 15, 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.
August 11, 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.
May 10, 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.
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.
February 12, 2016
The report includes information on what is happening in Cleveland; East Haven, Conn.; Missoula County, Mont.; New Orleans; Albuquerque; and Newark.
March 5, 2015
A key part of the judge's approval: The city must give him annual updates of its progress in carrying out the reforms, which could take as long as five years. The city and police union had objected to the annual check-ins, but a community group said they were necessary to hold the city and police accountable.
September 3, 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.
August 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.
June 26, 2014
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.
July 9, 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.
June 7, 2013