The U.S. Department of Justice has found significant flaws in the way Inglewood police oversee use-of-force incidents and investigate complaints against officers and has proposed a host of reforms to help ease fear and distrust among city residents, reports the Los Angeles Times. A federal review found that Inglewood’s policies on the use of force are poorly written and legally inadequate despite recent reform efforts. The civil rights probe began after a series of officer-involved shootings in 2008 sparked outrage in the city and prompted calls for reform.
A Times investigation, published before the federal inquiry began, found that Inglewood officers repeatedly resorted to physical or deadly force against unarmed suspects. The Times also raised questions about how the department investigated its officers’ use of force. In the 33-page letter to the city’s mayor, the Justice Department acknowledged that the department had begun revising its policies but said some of those proposed reforms didn’t go far enough. The Justice investigation is continuing.