A judge Monday postponed deciding whether to free the Los Angeles Police Department from eight years of federal oversight that followed the Rampart scandal, reports the city’s Times. Attorneys for the LAPD and the U.S. Department of Justice jointly submitted a proposal asking that the consent decree be terminated in favor of a “transition agreement.” Under the proposal, the Police Commission, the civilian panel that oversees the LAPD, would assume responsibility from federal monitors for ensuring that the LAPD would follow through on the remaining reforms.
U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said at a hearing Monday that the LAPD had come a long way. But he expressed doubt about doing away with the current decree and putting in place a new agreement that, he said, was too vague. Feess gave the attorneys a week to submit written responses to his concerns.