Has the Federal Consent Decree Improved the LAPD?

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After the Rodney King beating in 1991 and the Rampart corruption scandal of 1999, the federal Department of Justice threatened to sue the Los Angeles Police Department over a pattern and practice of misconduct. The compromise was a “consent decree,” which gave a federal court the authority to monitor reforms. Chief Bill Bratton would like that to come to an end.




Warren Olney