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Fed court monitor blasts Oakland police response to Occupy protests, says reforms stagnating
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ' A monitor appointed by a federal judge to track court-ordered reforms at the Oakland, Calif., police department says progress has stalled.
The quarterly report issued Monday also concluded that the department failed to properly prepare and train for last year's Occupy protests. That latest report covers the last three months of 2011.
The findings bring the department one step closer to a federal court takeover.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson ordered the progress reports on reforms the department agreed to as part of a 2003 lawsuit settlement.
Henderson has said he's running out of patience with the pace of reforms and has set a December hearing to consider a federal receivership.
City officials say they are hopeful newly appointed Chief Howard Jordan will get reforms back on track.