After 11 Years, Federal Oversight of Detroit PD Is Eased


A federal judge has found that Detroit police operations changed during the past 11 years and ended oversight of an independent monitor who was put in place after police were accused of excessive use of force, illegal detentions and unconstitutional conditions of confinement, reports the city’s Free Press. U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn granted a request that had been filed jointly by the city and the U.S. Justice Department to enter into an 18-month transition agreement.

During that time, the Department of Justice maintains watch over ongoing reform efforts in the department without oversight by the monitor. The city entered into consent judgments with the Justice Department in 2003 after constitutional violations were found.

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