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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois Police Department PN-IL-0006
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] commenced an investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 of the Mount Prospect Police Department [MPPD]. The investigation was prompted by a letter sent to the DOJ by United States District Judge Ruben Castillo, in which he referred ... read more >
In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] commenced an investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 of the Mount Prospect Police Department [MPPD]. The investigation was prompted by a letter sent to the DOJ by United States District Judge Ruben Castillo, in which he referred allegations of racial profiling of Hispanics raised during the employment discrimination trial of Martinez v. Village of Mount Prospect, 92 F. Supp.2d 780 (N.D.Ill. 2000). Following the investigation, the DOJ and the MPPD entered into a Memorandum of Agreement on January 22, 2003, which set forth changes to be implemented to certain MPPD police and procedures which included:

• creation of a written policy prohibiting discrimination in policing, including traffic stops

• documentation of various information (including race) for all traffic stops

• improved training and officer supervision

• publication of semi-annual reports that provided statistical and summary information on traffic stops and complaint investigations.

The agreement was to terminate five 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 - 01/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Excessive force
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Village of Mount Prospect 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 - 2008
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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum of Agreement Between the United States an the Village of Mt. Prospect, Illinois 01/22/2003
PN-IL-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
United States Reaches Agreement with Mount Prospect Police Department to Resolve Investigation of Discriminatory Policing 01/23/2003
PN-IL-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Boyd, Ralph F. Jr. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Fitzgerald, Patrick J. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Laser, Joan (Illinois)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Murphy, Donna M. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Posner, Mark A. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Rosenbaum, Steven H. (District of Columbia)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Walsh, Thomas P. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Ekl, Terry A. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0006-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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