Wednesday Must Read: OPD Must Now Report to Court Monitor; Swanson Drops Out of Senate Race

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1. A federal judge effectively stripped Oakland Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan and city officials of their power, ordering them to consult with the independent monitor overseeing the department before making any major decisions about police, the Bay Citizen reports. Judge Thelton Henderson, angry about the police department’s lack of progress in implementing mandated reforms, also told Jordan, Mayor Jean Quan, and City Administrator Deanna Santana that if they choose to ignore the recommendations of monitor Robert Warshaw, a former police chief of Rochester, New York, then they must come to court to explain why. The extraordinary move by Henderson also apparently means that he does not plan to put the department in receivership right away.

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