Federal Judge Ends Oversight of LAPD
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2009 11:51 AM CDT
"We are thrilled that the court has acknowledged the numerous reforms the LAPD has established," police union president Paul Weber says.    (AP Photo/Al Seib, Pool)
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(Newser) – 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.