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Maywood agrees to police reforms after investigation

June 24, 2009 |  1:57 pm

The Maywood City Council approved a stipulated court order to reform its police department after a 16-month investigation from the attorney general’s office exposed years of abuse, sexual assaults and gross misconduct.

The court order “paves the way for real reform, enabling the Maywood police department to live up to its potential by truly serving and protecting,” said Atty. Gen. Edmund G. Brown Jr. in a statement.

The order is expected to be filed to the Los Angeles Superior Court, placing the city of Maywood and the attorney general’s office in an agreement to enforce conditions laid out by Brown. Once approved, the city will be forced to install video cameras within the police station and its vehicles. Officers will also be required to carry digital recorders while on patrol.

An Early Intervention System will be established to track and monitor the activities of new officers, while others will undergo retraining. Overseeing the department will be Maywood’s city manager. “The city is very committed to working with the attorney general to complete its commitment to community based policing and the reforms outlined in the attorney general’s report,” said Maywood City Manager Paul Phillips.

In April, Brown released a 30-page report that showed officers routinely used excessive force against civilians and failed to obtain probable cause to justify arrests and searches. The report also showed inadequate oversight of its officers.

 -- Ruben Vives