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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Schenectady Police Department PN-NY-0005
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
Beginning in 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] conducted an investigation of the City of Schenectady, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe
Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d(c)(3).

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Beginning in 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] conducted an investigation of the City of Schenectady, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe
Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d(c)(3).

On March 19, 2003, the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, the DOJ noted that department's policy did "not limit the use of deadly force to situations involving an imminent threat to the life of the officer or another person," and that "the policy appears to state that the use of deadly force may be justified even when there is no imminent threat to the life of the officer or another person." To prevent future harms, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's policies in the following areas: use of force, investigations, external complaints, discipline, supervisory oversight, and training.

As of March 21, 2015, there is no further information about this investigation.

Dan Dalton - 01/23/2007
Richard Jolly - 11/28/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
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) Schenectady Police Department
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice investigation of use of force by the City of Schenectady, New York Police Department.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
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)
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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
Investigation of the Schenectady Police Department 03/19/2003
PN-NY-0005-0001 PDF | Detail
Judges Jurczynski, Albert P. Court not on record
PN-NY-0005-0001
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Brockbank, Michael T. (New York)
PN-NY-0005-0001
Other Lawyers None on record

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