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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Federal court freed LAPD from DOJ oversight
Clay Flaherty at 12:00 AM ET

On July 17, 2009, the US District Court for the Central District of California ended the Los Angeles Police Department's (LAPD) consent decree to federal oversight by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The LAPD were forced into the consent decree following pressure from the DOJ Civil Rights Division in the wake of the Rampart Area Corruption Incident. In 2001, Officer Rafael Perez made claims of pervasive corruption against dozens of his fellow officers — including allegations of false arrests of suspects and perjured testimony during trials. Judge Gary Feess, who presided over the original institution of the decree, lifted the oversight by citing the substantial progress that the department had made in the intervening years. However, the LAPD remains under DOJ jurisdiction until at least 2012 under the terms of an approved three-year transition agreement.

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