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Case Name People of the State of California v. City of Riverside PN-CA-0014
Docket / Court 355410 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
On March 5, 2001, the Attorney General of California [AG] filed a complaint and stipulated judgment in People of the State of California, etc. v. City of Riverside Case No. 355410 in Riverside County Superior Court. This stipulated judgment resolved issues uncovered by the AG during a nearly two- ... read more >
On March 5, 2001, the Attorney General of California [AG] filed a complaint and stipulated judgment in People of the State of California, etc. v. City of Riverside Case No. 355410 in Riverside County Superior Court. This stipulated judgment resolved issues uncovered by the AG during a nearly two-year investigation of the RPD. That investigation was sparked by the 1998 shooting death of Tyisha Miller, a 19-year old black woman, who was shot by RPD officers. It uncoverd a pattern or practice of misconduct and racially discriminatory law enforcement within the RPD.

Purusant to the stipulated judgment, the RPD agreed to implement a series of reforms which included: changes to the citizen complaint procedures, increased training and supervision of officers, installation of audio and video recorders in patrol cars, and creation of a community-oriented policing program. The AG appointed Joseph Brann, a nationally known police expert, to serve as the monitor. Monitor Brann issued several reports during the five-year monitoring period.

On March 1, 2006, Judge Sharon Waters granted the AG's request for the formal dissolution of the stipulated judgment

Dan Dalton - 01/16/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) City of Riverside
Plaintiff Description The people of the state of California alleging racial and gender profiling in motor vehicle stops made by the Riverside Police Department
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2001 - 2006
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Stipulated Judgment 03/05/2001
PN-CA-0014-0001 PDF | Detail
Activity Report - Use of Force Panel Report 12/11/2001
PN-CA-0014-0003 PDF | Detail
Strategic Plan 2004-2009 - Riverside Police Department 01/01/2004
PN-CA-0014-0002 PDF | Detail
An Analysis of Traffic Stop Data in The City Of Riverside (Third Year Report) 03/05/2004
PN-CA-0014-0004 PDF | Detail
Amendment to Judgment 12/01/2004
PN-CA-0014-0008 PDF | Detail
Report Addendum - Riverside Traffic Stop Analysis 2001 12/31/2005
PN-CA-0014-0005 PDF | Detail
Stipulated Judgment - 2005 Fourth Quarter Report 02/12/2006
PN-CA-0014-0006 PDF | Detail
Attorney General Lockyer Announces Conclusion of Five-Year Court-Enforced State Monitoring of the Riverside Police Department 03/02/2006
PN-CA-0014-0007 PDF | Detail
Judges Cunnison, Stephen D. (State Supreme Court)
PN-CA-0014-0008
Miceli, Victor (State Trial Court)
PN-CA-0014-0001
Monitors/Masters Brann, Joseph (California)
PN-CA-0014-0006
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ichinaga, Jon (California)
PN-CA-0014-0001
Lockyer, Bill (California)
PN-CA-0014-0001 | PN-CA-0014-0006 | PN-CA-0014-0007 | PN-CA-0014-0008
Verdugo, Louis (California)
PN-CA-0014-0001 | PN-CA-0014-0008
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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