Thursday, June 17, 2010

Maywood to disband Police Department - latimes.com

Maywood to disband Police Department - latimes.com

The Maywood-Cudahy Police Department patrolled a gritty, two-square-mile area that includes Maywood and Cudahy, which has a population of about 70,000 — almost half of their residents undocumented — just south of Los Angeles. Until recently, the force appeared to function as a virtual refuge for misfit police officers. Although the city instituted numerous reforms under a year-old consent decree, officials said it was still too early to say whether the department had successfully turned itself around.

"It's hard to accept," Police Chief Frank Hauptmann said. "I really felt we made that turn … and to find that it ended this way makes it difficult for the members of the department and community members who supported the Police Department."

In April 2007, the California attorney general's office launched an investigation into the department after the Los Angeles Times reported that roughly a third of the department's officers had been forced out of previous police jobs or had brushes with the law.

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