Detroit • The U.S. Justice Department and the city of Detroit have asked a judge to scale back federal monitoring of the city's police department, which started more than a decade ago after complaints over the use of force and treatment of crime suspects.
Federal authorities sued the city in 2003 and the city signed consent decrees that year. According to the request that was made Friday, significant progress has been made since that time.
"Today, DPD's practices are consistent with constitutional policing standards," Melvin Butch Hollowell, Detroit's corporation counsel, said in a statement.
Watchdog group The Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality questions that assertion, and plans a court challenge.