LAPPL statement on consent decree ruling
For Immediate Release
Eric Rose (805) 624-0572 or
Paul Haney (626) 755-4759
LOS ANGELES, July 17, 2009 -- In response to the ruling U.S. District Judge Gary Feess regarding the federal consent decree under which the LAPD has operated for eight years, Paul M. Weber, President of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, issued the following statement:
The consent decree, implemented by the court on June 15, 2001, was intended to improve the internal integrity among police officers and create a checks and balances system to prohibit actions may deprive individuals of their rights. We are thrilled that the court has acknowledged the numerous reforms the LAPD has established.
We are pleased the court has acknowledged the members of the LAPD have risen to the challenge of working persistently to obtain consent decree compliance. Today's ruling demonstrates the LAPD has restored its historic position as the premier municipal law enforcement agency in the nation.
With the City's financial resources stretched to the limit right now, we hope that the money that is currently being paid to the federal monitor can be made available to the Department to further reduce crime.
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About the LAPPL Formed in 1923, the Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) represents the more than 9,800 dedicated and professional sworn members of the Los Angeles Police Department. The LAPPL serves to advance the interests of LAPD officers through legislative and legal advocacy, political action and education. The LAPPL can be found on the Web at www.LAPD.com