NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A federal judge will appoint an independent monitor to oversee an effort to make the Fire Department of New York more diverse.

Judge Nicholas Garaufis gave his findings Wednesday following a civil trial last month in Brooklyn. The Justice Department had sued on behalf of a black fraternal organization.

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The judge says despite progress from recent recruiting, the FDNY hasn’t committed enough time or resources to reverse a long history of discrimination. He says an independent monitor is needed to ensure the department becomes more diverse.

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The FDNY has announced that nearly half of the people who signed up for its next exam are minorities. Currently, only about 3 percent of firefighters are black.

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