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Cincinnati warned to cooperate with Justice Department monitor

Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken promised three years ago to tighten police procedures and improve relations with blacks in the wake of three days of riots in April 2001.

Last week, a federal judge ordered city police to stop butting heads with the monitor overseeing the reforms. Among other things, the monitor has complained that police aren't keeping detailed records. And the police chief has clashed with one of the monitor's staff members.

US District Judge Susan Dlott says the police officials were rude and disrespectful toward the staffer and were being obstructionist.

Ultimately, the judge could fine or jail any city official who violates her order to cooperate. Luken, Police Chief Thomas Streicher and monitor Saul Green haven't returned calls seeking comment.

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