FROM Gerald Chaleff
The Feds Tell LA County Enough Is Enough After the so-called Rampart Scandal revealed widespread corruption in the LAPD, reforms were achieved under a federal consent decree entered into by the City of Los Angeles in the year 2000. It took 12 years before federal supervision ended. After 17 years of promises to improve, the US Justice Department says LA County jails are still denying the constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates. A scathing report says deficiencies include deplorable environmental conditions and inadequate — sometimes abusive — treatment. It contends some of 15 suicides in the past 30 months might have been prevented. Now it wants a court-enforceable "consent decree" is needed to make any progress. Last month, the Board of Supervisors voted to build a new jail for a cost of $2 billion — but that won't be completed for ten years.
LAPD Free from Consent Decree Last Friday, the Los Angeles Police Department got out from under eight years of federal oversight. Judge Gary Feess ended a consent decree imposed after the Rampart scandal in 2001, in which officers were accused of tampering with evidence, abusing suspects and lying under oath about their misconduct. Former defense attorney Gerald Chaleff helped negotiate the decree as President of the LA Police Commission. Chief Bill Bratton later appointed Chaleff his deputy to carry out the promised reforms.
Mixed Messages from US diplomats on the new hard line on Syria Since President Trump's surprise retaliation against Syria's use of chemical weapons, Bashar al-Assad has used the same airport to launch conventional attacks on his own people. It's not clear what the US, its allies — or Vladimir Putin's Russia -- plan to do now.