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LAPD Doing Good Job of Meeting Federal Reforms, Still has Backlog of Misconduct Cases

February 15, 2002
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LAPD Doing Good Job of Meeting Federal Reforms, Still has Backlog of Misconduct Cases

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The scandal-plagued Los Angeles Police Department has enacted many reforms ordered by a federal decree but is still backlogged when it comes to investigating misconduct, according to a report released Friday.

The department "has continued to make significant progress on reform and has instituted aggressive changes," according to the summary of the report prepared by an independent monitor overseeing the process.

The consent decree was approved in 2000 to correct what the Justice Department called a pattern of civil rights abuses. The quarterly study, the second issued by the court-approved monitor's office.

Cmdr. Gary Brennan, a police spokesman, said the report "validates the department's position, which has been that we are fully committed to implementing all of the consent decree requirements,"

But in some cases the department missed consent decree time limits for investigating complaints of officer misconduct and notifying the civilian police commission, the report said.

Brennan said new reporting requirements have dramatically increased the number of complaints and also increased the workload when probing use-of-force cases.

The report covered the period from October through December.

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