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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the City of Villa Rica, Georgia Police Department PN-GA-0002
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 27, 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] notified the City of Villa Rica, Georgia that it had commenced an investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 of the Villa Rica Police Department [VRPD]. The investigation focused on whether the VRPD's drug interdiction unit, the "ICE Team, ... read more >
On January 27, 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] notified the City of Villa Rica, Georgia that it had commenced an investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 of the Villa Rica Police Department [VRPD]. The investigation focused on whether the VRPD's drug interdiction unit, the "ICE Team, was engaging in a pattern or practice of discriminatory law enforcement and improper searches and seizures. Following the investigation, the DOJ and the City entered into a Memorandum of Agreement on December 23, 2003, which set forth changes to be implemented to certain VRPD policies and procedures. Changes were specified in the areas of highway interdiction operation, citizen complaints, training and officer supervision. The agreement called for the selection of an independent monitor to oversee the implementation process. The agreement was to terminate three years after its effective date, unless modified by the parties. As of the date of this summary, it is not known if the agreement has been terminated.

Dan Dalton - 01/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Villa Rica Police Department
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2003 - 2006
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)
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  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)
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Docket(s)
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General Documents
Memorandum of Agreement between the United States and City of Villa Rica, Georgia 12/23/2003
PN-GA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
PN-GA-0002-0001
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
PN-GA-0002-0001
Duffey, William S. Jr. (Georgia)
PN-GA-0002-0001
Eichner, James (District of Columbia)
PN-GA-0002-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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