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Case Name In re: DOJ Investigation of City of Bakersfield Police Department PN-CA-0011
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
In 2003 and 2004, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] conducted an investigation of the City of Bakersfield Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

On April 12, 2004 the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, ... read more >
In 2003 and 2004, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] conducted an investigation of the City of Bakersfield Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

On April 12, 2004 the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's written policies in the following areas: use of force and use of force reporting, firearms and impact weapons, citizen complaint procedure, monitoring officer conduct and the disciplinary process.

As of the date of this summary, it is not clear whether the DOJ investigation remains ongoing.

Dan Dalton - 01/22/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
General
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Bakersfield 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 Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
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)
[ 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)
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General Documents
Investigation of City of Bakersfield Police Department 04/12/2004
PN-CA-0011-0001.pdf | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
PN-CA-0011-0001
Scott, McGregor W. (California)
PN-CA-0011-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Gennaro, Virginia (California)
PN-CA-0011-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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