Judge: Oakland police must reform or face takeover 

A judge says the scandal-plagued Oakland Police Department will go under federal control if it fails to quickly make good on reforms agreed to nine years ago.

U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson also increased the oversight authority of a court-appointed monitor in a scathing five-page ruling Tuesday.

Henderson says Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan must first consult with the monitor before making important department decisions. Those include promoting and disciplining officers and changing policing policy and tactics.

Mayor Jean Quan agreed Wednesday that the city was moving too slowly to improve the department. But, she said, Oakland's new leaders are committed to making it happen.

The reforms were ordered in a 2003 civil settlement stemming from allegations that a group of officers beat up or framed suspects.

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