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Editorial: Who Monitors the Monitors

Being appointed to oversee a federal consent decree against a law enforcement agency should not lead to lifetime employment.

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Consent Decree Monitor Says Chicago Officer Shortage Endangering Public and Police

Between January and June of 2021, Chicago police saw 363 officers leave the department. The losses include Chicago's Deputy Chief at the Bureau of Crime Control, at a time when police struggle to get crime under control with carjackings, shootings and murders all up.

AG Garland Announces New Rules Regulating Consent Decree Monitors

Monitoring teams — usually composed of former police officials, lawyers, academics and police-reform consultants — have typically billed local taxpayers between $1 million and $2 million per year. Some consultants have served on federal oversight teams in more than one city at the same time, drawing criticism over conflicts of interest.

Judge: Oakland Police On Track to Get Out from Under Federal Oversight

“The light at the end of the tunnel is closer and brighter than it has been at any time since I’ve been sitting on the case, and I think that’s a result of the ongoing commitment of every important player to this process,” Judge William Orrick said. However, he added, “more work is needed.”

AG Garland Tells Police Organizations to Expect Many More Federal Investigations of Agencies

Garland described the so-called pattern-or-practice investigations as a return to the sort of oversight the Trump administration sharply curtailed, one of the people said.

5 Policing Initiatives the Biden Administration is Likely to Tackle

A new president sometimes brings changes for law enforcement agencies, and this year the upheaval will be more than usual.

Judge: Baltimore PD Has All the Elements Necessary to Succeed Under Consent Decree

Well-meaning officers need to be trained that the ‘warrior model’ of policing does not fly in Baltimore; that the city is not made safer by a perception in the community that officers are fearsome and predisposed to use force to solve problems,” U.S. District Judge James Bredar said in a statement.

The Biden Threat to Law Enforcement

Police departments are now on notice: they may expect a knock on the door at any time from a Washington attorney, demanding truckloads of documents as the prelude to years of federal interference and budget-busting compliance rules and fees

Fired Oakland Chief Wants DOJ Probe of Department's Federal Monitor, Says Commissioner Wanted "Favors"

“There still needs to be a voice that is willing to speak truth,” Kirkpatrick said. “I will be asking the Department of Justice to come in and open an inquiry into this whole (Oakland PD) reform process. Because something is wrong.”

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Baltimore PD to Enact Reforms in 2020, Despite Delays

City and police leaders say Baltimore residents should start to see the Police Department’s consent decree reforms on the street for the first time in 2020, but many key initiatives are delayed as well.

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