Feds Agree To Delay In Detroit Cop Prisoner Fixes


The U.S. Justice Department will give the Detroit Police Department an extra year to improve conditions for its prisoners, reports the Detroit News. Detroit had failed to achieve “substantial compliance” by last month in correcting widespread problems uncovered in a 30-month investigation. The police asked for a delay, saying it needed millions of dollars to improve holding cells. The Justice Department insisted that the city keep to the timetable for some of the required changes, including removing suicide hazards and complying with safety codes.

In a federal case of 17 current and two former officers accused of violating suspects civil rights, three officers pleaded guilty, eight others were found not guilty, and charges were dropped against seven others.

Link: http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0408/18/c01-245959.htm

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