After 13 years, the Detroit police department is now officially free of U.S. Justice Department oversight.
The department had been under two federal consent decrees since 2003.
Those decrees stemmed from a host of unconstitutional policing practices, ranging from excessive use of force, to illegally detaining witnesses.
Federal judge Avern Cohn signed off on a full return to local control this week, after an 18-month transition period.
Police Chief James Craig says 13 years of federal oversight helped create a “constitutional” police department.