Federal oversight of Hartford police extended to 2019

Photo Courtesy: MGNonline
Photo Courtesy: MGNonline

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Hartford officials and plaintiffs in a 1969 civil rights lawsuit against city police have agreed to extend federal oversight of the police department for another three years.

Black and Hispanic residents sued police in federal court on allegations officers inflicted numerous acts of violence, intimidation and humiliation upon Hartford citizens based on their race and ethnicity. The lawsuit led to a 1973 consent decree and federal oversight requiring improvements in the police department.

The decree was to expire Oct. 31. A magistrate judge on Oct. 17 extended the oversight to Oct. 31, 2019, at the request of the city and plaintiffs.

The two sides continue to disagree over several issues, including minority hiring. The force is still largely white, while the city is more than 80 percent black and Hispanic.

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