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U.S. Delivers More Warnings in LAPD Scandal

May 11, 2000

LOS ANGELES — City officials continued meeting Wednesday with U.S. Justice Department officials on the Rampart police scandal, receiving strong warnings that the city must take steps to address problems that resulted in suspects being framed, beaten and shot.

"Their message to me was that they are very serious about these allegations," Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas said after a meeting with Bill Lann Lee, acting assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Division.

Federal officials met with a group of city officials Monday and threatened to sue in federal court if the city does not agree to a host of police reforms.

Lee and his team of attorneys have followed up that session by meeting with individual city officials, including Ridley-Thomas and Councilman Mike Feuer.

Ridley-Thomas said Lee "made it clear he would appreciate assistance" in getting the city to agree on reforms for the LAPD.

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