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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Montgomery County Department of Police PN-MD-0004
Docket / Court Never Filed ( No Court )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] and the Montgomery County Department of Police [MCPD] entered into a Memorandum of Agreement pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §14141. The agreement resolved a complaint filed by the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP alleging that the MCPD engaged in ... read more >
In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] and the Montgomery County Department of Police [MCPD] entered into a Memorandum of Agreement pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §14141. The agreement resolved a complaint filed by the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP alleging that the MCPD engaged in the unconstitutional practice of racial profiling. The agreement set forth changes to be implemented by the MCPD which included:

• a prohibition against racial profiling in traffic stops

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

• implementation of a new computer system to track all complaints and investigations

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

• retention of a police practices consultant to oversee compliance with the MOA.

The MOA was to remain in effect for five years.

Dan Dalton - 01/17/2007


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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) Montgomery County Department of Police
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 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2005
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)
[ 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 01/14/2000
PN-MD-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Montgomery County, Maryland, Settles Civil Rights Investigation with the Justice Department 01/14/2000
PN-MD-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Battaglia, Lynne A. (Maryland)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Brewington, Pamela (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Friedlander, Mary (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Posner, Mark A. (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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