Federal judge ends court-ordered oversight of Detroit Police Department

DETROIT (AP) - A judge has eased oversight of the Detroit Police Department after the government reported substantial compliance with a 2003 agreement to reduce excessive force and illegal arrests.

City attorney Melvin Hollowell says Detroit doesn't have a perfect police department but it has one that follows the U.S. Constitution.

Federal Judge Avern Cohn agreed Monday to drop the use of a court-appointed monitor. For 18 months, the government still will keep an eye on Detroit police by reviewing internal audits, offering technical assistance and making on-site visits.

For 11 years, the department was watched by monitors while it changed policies and trained officers, especially in the use of proper force.

Between 1995 and 2000, police killed nearly 50 people, including six people who were unarmed and shot in the back.

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