A federal judicial panel on Thursday denied Gov. Jerry Brown’s request to lift a court-ordered prison population cap and threatened him and other state officials with contempt of court if they fail to comply.
A federal judge approved an agreement Wednesday to have a powerful outside compliance director oversee the Oakland Police Department and its implementation of reforms mandated by the settlement of a 12-year-old civil rights lawsuit.
A judge says the scandal-plagued department will go under federal control if it fails to quickly make good on reforms agreed to nine years ago.
Oakland Mayor Jean Quan has spent the last couple of days in Detroit, exploring ways to end a federal judge’s control over her police department.