(WXYZ) - A decade ago, the Detroit Police Department was out of control. People were being killed unnecessarily in the streets.
People were dying needlessly in police custody and there were tens of millions of dollars paid out in lawsuits.
A Federal Monitor was put in place to fix it, and now, 11 years later, with better accountability and management, a federal judge has approved reduced oversight.
A look at a couple of numbers: The Detroit Police had 47 fatal shootings from 1995 to 2000 and six of those involved unarmed people shot in the back, from 2009 to 2014, there were 18 fatal shootings.
"The tone is set from the top of the organization," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "When you talk about sustainability, what keeps it going, is taking the old culture and driving that change."
But not everyone is on board with the reduced oversight, including the Detroit Police Department's most outspoken critic.
"I think they are going to pat themselves on the back and think they can do what they want to do," said Ron Scott with the Coalition Against Police Violence. "But...we're going to amp up what we do on the street. We're going to watch them like a hawk."