New monitor approved for Detroit police

U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr. has approved the appointment of Robert Warshaw to oversee implementation of two consent decrees that settled a Justice Department lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department, reports The Detroit News.

“Warshaw replaces Sheryl Robinson Wood, who resigned in July after the FBI discovered text messages that pointed to a personal relationship between her and former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick,” according to The News.

As a bonus, Warshaw’s monitoring is expected to cost $1.1 million per year, about half of what Wood’s monitoring efforts cost. Around the time the Woods-Kilpatrick controversy was coming to light, reports surfaced that questioned Woods’ expenditures.

New Detroit police monitor recommended

The city of Detroit and the U.S. Justice Department have recommended a former U.S. deputy drug czar who has extensive municipal police experience as a new federal monitor for the Detroit Police Department, reports The Detroit News.

“Robert Warshaw of Police Performance Solutions LLC has been recommended for the post and is still subject to the approval of U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook Jr., who is to hold a hearing Monday,” according to The News.

The monitor’s job is to endure compliance with two 2003 consent decrees that ended a case brought by the U.S. Justice Department against the Detroit Police Department. The case alleged police brutality and other civil rights violations.

The search for a new monitor began after former monitor Sheryl Robinson Wood resigned amid reports, and a finding by Cook, that she and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick had inappropriate communications about the case.