Fed judge: Oakland moving slowly on police reforms 

A federal judge says the Oakland Police Department still hasn't come through on reforms ordered as part of a legal settlement and consent decree stemming from the "Riders" police misconduct scandal.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson told interim Police Chief Howard Jordan on Tuesday he has to notify an independent monitor about any departmental changes that could impact the consent decree.

The city agreed to pay a $10.5 million civil settlement in February 2003 in the wake of the "Riders" scandal, and promised reforms.

But an independent monitor said in recent report that police actions at Occupy Oakland protests raised "serious concerns," according to the San Francisco Chronicle (http://bit.ly/wIxAiz).

Police officials have said new leadership will move the department forward, but Howard now has to regularly consult with the monitor.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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