A court-appointed federal monitor gave the Detroit Police Department high marks in its eight-year effort to reform the force, the Detroit Free Press reports. Monitor Robert Warshaw said the department has complied with 78 percent of the reforms it agreed to carry out in 2003 to curb excessive force, mistreatment of prisoners in police lockups, and illegal arrests of potential witnesses at homicide scenes.
Warshaw credited Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. for inspiring the department to embrace the reforms. Warshaw said the department still has problems, including reviewing and investigating use of force incidents in a timely manner. Warshaw’s report came soon after a man sued the department and two officers in federal court, saying they sucker-punched him at the MGM Grand Detroit casino in July and filed false assault charges against him. The man’s lawyer released a video of the episode Monday.