A judge has ended eight years of federal oversight imposed on the LAPD after a massive corruption scandal, the Los Angeles Times reports. The judge said the police force had reformed substantially under a “consent decree” that saw tough independent audits and more thorough investigations into abuse allegations. "The LAPD still has to make sure it doesn't backslide, but that is up to them now," the judge’s monitor says.
The police chief says that the decree has effectively "been over for a long time” within the improved force, but many required changes, such as stricter financial disclosure and monitoring of racial profiling, still haven’t been fully implemented. There is “still too much evidence that skin color makes a difference in who is stopped, questioned and arrested by the LAPD," a watchdog spokesman says.