Report says LAPD federal consent decree should end


Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The independent monitor that oversees the Los Angeles Police Department says a federal consent decree that the department has operated under since 2001 should end.

In a report released Friday, the Office of the Independent Monitor says the agreement between the department and the Department of Justice improved the LAPD's operations.

The recommendation will help Police Chief William Bratton make a case at a federal court hearing on Monday that the decree should expire as scheduled on Tuesday.

The department agreed to the consent decree in 2001 after federal prosecutors threatened to sue the city for civil rights violations following the beating of black motorist Rodney King and a corruption scandal involving anti-gang officers.

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