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AG Lynch Pushing for Baltimore PD Consent Decree Before Trump Takes Office

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

Video: Albuquerque Police Revise Use-of-Force Training Under Federal Guidance
Video: DOJ Sues Ferguson After Council Votes to Revise Consent Decree

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

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

Portland Settles with DOJ Over Police Use of Force

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

Court Removes Federal Oversight of Detroit PD

Court Removes Federal Oversight of Detroit PD

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 PD Consent Decree Plans Under Wraps

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

DOJ: Miami PD Used Excessive Force

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

Judge Approves New Orleans Jail Reform Plan

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

Federal Oversight of LAPD Ends

Federal Oversight of LAPD Ends

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.

May 17, 2013

Oakland Chief Announces Medical Retirement

Oakland Chief Announces Medical Retirement

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.

May 9, 2013

Oakland Police Face Federal Takeover

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

January 26, 2012

Judge Lifts LAPD Consent Decree

Judge Lifts LAPD Consent Decree

U.S. District Court Judge Gary A. Feess has terminated the consent decree federal officials forced on the LAPD in 2001 in the wake of the Rampart corruption scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports.

July 20, 2009

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