Motion Asks Feds To Take Over Oakland Police Dept.

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) – Lawyers overseeing the terms of a settlement stemming from an Oakland police corruption lawsuit have filed a motion requesting that the federal government take over the department.

Attorneys John Burris and Jim Chanin filed the motion Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco claiming that Oakland city officials and the police have chronically failed to meet court-mandated reforms nearly a decade after the settlement was reached.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

The reforms are part of an agreement reached with the department in a 2003 lawsuit involving police brutality and other claims that included nearly $11 million in payments to 119 plaintiffs and attorneys.

Mayor Jean Quan and Police Chief Howard Jordan both believe that the department is making progress with the reforms.

A hearing on the motion is scheduled in December.

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