L.A. Police Reforms Delayed, Will Cost City Millions


Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton says the city will not meet a June deadline for completing police reforms that stemmed from the Rampart scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports. The federal government will continue to monitor the department. The police department has been trying to implement reforms agreed to in a 2001 settlement with the U.S. Justice Department after a major police corruption scandal in the 1990s involving rogue officers who beat and framed suspects.

The extension could mean an additional cost to the city of $30 million to $50 million a year. Bratton told the Times that delays were caused by complications installing a computerized “early warning system” to flag problem officers. The so-called Teams II project is designed to track individual officers’ uses of force, pursuits, collisions, commendations, civil claims and training histories. The need for such a tracking system was established after the 1991 Rodney G. King beating when the Christopher Commission found that 44 officers were responsible for a significant portion of officer misconduct cases. Bratton said the department is in good shape overall on police reform.

Link: http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-decree25oct25,1,2913471.story?coll=la-headlines-california

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