Judge Critical of Detroit Police Failure to Fix Problems



A federal judge told Detroit Police Wednesday the department had not made sufficient progress in fixing inadequate holding cells, the Detroit News reports.

The department is under two consent decress stemming from lawsuits that followed a Justice Department investigation. One deals with holding cells and the other governs police training and use of force. The agreement regarding holding cells requires that problems be corrected within two years.

Police asked the judge for an extension of two years on the holding cell agreement, saying the problems can’t be fixed with the money available. The city is seeking an additional bond issue to fund public safety, including some of the requirements of the decrees. The judge said he wants a timeline of what the department expects to accomplish in the next six, 12 and 18 months and is predisposed to consider an extension shorter than the two years the department requested.

Link: http://www.detnews.com/2004/metro/0408/26/b01-254823.htm

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