- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit police say that more than a decade of federal oversight and independent monitoring of the department has ended.

Chief James Craig says Monday in a release that a federal judge approved an order March 31 dismissing the civil action that led to two consent judgments against the city.

Federal authorities sued the city in 2003 after complaints over the use of force and treatment of crime suspects. As part of the consent judgments, the police department was required to revise its policies and practices in use of force, arrest procedures and prisoner detention.

In 2014, the U.S. Justice Department and the city of Detroit asked the judge to scale back federal monitoring of the police department.

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