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Case Name DOJ 14141 investigation of Highland Park Police (Illinois) PN-IL-0005
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
In 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated complaints, pursuant its authority under 42 U.S.C. § 14141 alleging that command staff and officers of the Highland Park, Illinois Police Department (HPPD) were engaging in racial profiling and discriminatory law enforcement practices. ... read more >
In 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigated complaints, pursuant its authority under 42 U.S.C. § 14141 alleging that command staff and officers of the Highland Park, Illinois Police Department (HPPD) were engaging in racial profiling and discriminatory law enforcement practices. That investigation coincided with a class action suit initiated in federal court by the ACLU, captioned Ledford v. City of Highland Park, No. 00 C 4212 (N.D. Ill.) That case resulted in the entry of a consent decree and is part of the clearinghouse collection at PN-IL-0002.

After the resolution of the Ledford litigation, the DOJ and HPPD entered into a Memorandum of Agreement which incorporated the terms of the Ledford consent decree, by reference. It stated: "This Memorandum of Agreement is enforceable through an action for specific performance in federal court."

The term of the Agreement was five years, or three years if the department was in compliance. Like the substantive terms, this provision was similar to the agreement in the Ledford case, and the Agreement expressly provided, "If the plaintiffs in Ledford, et al. v. City of Highland Park, No. 00 C 4212 (N.D. Ill. October 5, 2000), agree to terminate their Consent Decree after three years, the United States' agreement to terminate this Memorandum of Agreement shall not be unreasonably withheld."

Dan Dalton - 01/10/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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) City of Highland Park, Illinois Police Department
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
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 2000 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PN-IL-0004 : Ledford v. City of Highland Park, Illinois (N.D. Ill.)
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
Memorandum of Agreement 04/01/2001
PN-IL-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Murphy, Donna M. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0005-0001
Rocah, David R. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0005-0001
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0005-0001
Walsh, Thomas P. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0005-0001
Yeomans, William R. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Elrod, Steven M. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0005-0001
Pugh, Preston (Illinois)
PN-IL-0005-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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