The Los Angeles Police Department's effort to end a federal consent decree imposed in the wake of the Rampart scandal got a boost Friday when the independent monitor overseeing the department said the decree should end.
LAPD Chief William J. Bratton is hoping that a federal judge on Monday will end the decree, which calls for federal oversight of department operations. The decree was enacted in 2001 in the wake of a scandal in which LAPD officers were accused of misconduct, including framing suspects.
In a 150-page report released Friday, the Office of Independent Monitor found that the decree "made the LAPD better at fighting crime, at reaching out to the community, in training its officers, in its use of force, in internal and external oversight and in effectively and objectively evaluating each of the sworn members of the LAPD."
-- Andrew Blankstein