Join us at 9 a.m. as we discuss the judge's ruling and what it means for the LAPD with Times reporter Joel Rubin.
Where his predecessor was lukewarm on it, former Chief William J. Bratton, who ran the department from late 2002 to 2009, embraced the consent decree. An outsider hired on his reputation for overhauling large, troubled police departments, Bratton used the decree as a ready-made blueprint for remaking the LAPD.
In 2006, however, Feess angrily rebuked the department for what he found to be its slow pace of reform. Originally written to last five years, Feess extended the decree for another five years.
In the ensuing years, Bratton and other senior LAPD officials grew increasingly impatient with Feess, arguing the department had succeeded in implementing the vast majority of the reforms called for in the decree.
Wednesday marked the first time in more than a decade that the LAPD is its own master.