An independent monitor overseeing reform of the Los Angeles Police Department has asked a judge to extend by two years a consent decree requiring change, the Los Angeles Times reports. Citing the LAPD’s “lack of substantial compliance” on key reforms, Michael Cherkasky opposes a joint request by the city and the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce the scope of the decree to the 30 percent of reforms yet to be enacted. Cherkasky was appointed by the federal court to monitor the five-year decree.
U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess will hold a hearing Monday on the case. Having appointed Cherkasky as his “eyes and ears” on the consent decree, Feess probably will give “considerable weight” to the independent monitor’s position, Loyola law professor Laurie Levenson said. Extending the entire consent decree for two years would be a setback for LAPD. Complying with the decree’s 191 reforms has been a costly and time-consuming task, involving about 110 police employees. The city agreed to reforms rather than face a federal lawsuit that would have alleged that police engaged in a pattern of civil rights abuse and brutality.