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Nov 15, 2012 6:56 PM by Associated Press

Oakland tries to avoid federal control of police

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered Oakland officials to negotiate with two lawyers who want the city's embattled police department to become the first in the nation to be taken over by the federal government.

The Oakland Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson gave both sides until Nov. 29 to outline areas of agreement.

The judge told the city to begin settlement talks with attorneys who represented plaintiffs in a decade-old police corruption case. The case resulted in federal monitoring and department reforms.

Last month, lawyers overseeing a previous settlement in the case said city officials and police have chronically failed to implement reforms that were supposed to be in place in five years.

Police Chief Howard Jordan and Mayor Jean Quan insist the department is making progress with the reforms.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

11/15/2012 1:47:41 PM (GMT -8:00)

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