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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Yonkers Police Department PN-NY-0041
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In 2009, the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, initiated a civil investigation of the policies and practices of the Yonkers, New York Police ... read more >
In 2009, the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, initiated a civil investigation of the policies and practices of the Yonkers, New York Police Department (YPD), pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 14141 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d.

On June 9, 2009, the DOJ issued a substantial 41-page Technical Assistance Letter ( PN-NY-0041-0001). The letter noted concerns and made recommendations in the following areas: the content, organization and overall structure of the YPD Policy and Procedure Manual; use of force policies and procedures; investigation of citizen complaints; supervisory oversight structure; training program and materials; community relations; and personnel issues.

As of November 29, 2014, there have been no updates to this investigation and no related lawsuits filed.

Richard Jolly - 11/29/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
Failure to supervise
Improper use of canines
Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
International law
Pattern or Practice
Pepper/OC spray
Restraints : chemical
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Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Yonkers Police Department
Plaintiff Description DOJ Investigation of the polices and practices of the Yonkers Police Department
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Unknown
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
[Untitled Findings Letter, 2009] 06/09/2009
PN-NY-0041-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Press Release 11/14/2016
PN-NY-0041-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Agreement [Between DOJ and Yonkers Police Department] 11/14/2016
PN-NY-0041-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bharara, Preetinder S. (New York)
PN-NY-0041-0004
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0041-0001
Dassin, Lev L. (New York)
PN-NY-0041-0001
Gupta, Vanita (New York)
PN-NY-0041-0004
Kennedy, David J. (New York)
PN-NY-0041-0001
King, Loretta (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0041-0001
Onozawa, Tomoko (New York)
PN-NY-0041-0004
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0041-0004
Volek, Jude (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0041-0004
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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