Crime & Justice

Judge considers relaxing federal oversight of LAPD

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A federal judge today expressed skepticism about relaxing oversight of the Los Angeles Police Department.

City leaders including police commissioner John Mack argue that lifting a so-called consent decree would boost department morale.

John Mack: "It is important for the 9,500 men and women of the LAPD to be told in the, no uncertain terms, that you have really, really made substantial progress, you've done an outstanding job. But I would also add that it’s not just about symbolism."

A court-appointed monitor says the LAPD has made dramatic reforms following a series of scandals and high profile brutality cases in the 1990s. But U.S. District Judge Gary Feess said he’s reluctant to rescind the consent decree until the department addresses concerns about racial profiling. He’s expected to issue a ruling by July 1st.