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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Beacon Police Department PN-NY-0006
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
In 2004, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [collectively "DOJ"] initiated an investigation of the City of Beacon, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

On June 21, 2005, ... read more >
In 2004, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [collectively "DOJ"] initiated an investigation of the City of Beacon, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

On June 21, 2005, the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's policies in the following areas: use of force, vehicle pursuits/roadblocks, complaint investigations, supervisory oversight, and training.

In 2010, the parties entered into a settlement agreement. The agreement incorporated many of the recommndations made the technical assistance letter. The parties anticipated that the agreement would remain in effect for two years, but termination would only occur when the parties agree that the City of Beacon Police Department had maintained substantial compliance with the agreement.

As of November 27, 2014, there has been no update to the case.

Blase Kearney - 07/31/2012
Richard Jolly - 11/27/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Reporting
Retaliation Prohibition
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) Beacon 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 2010 - 2012
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
Agreement
PN-NY-0006-0002.pdf | Detail
Beacon Police Department 06/21/2005
PN-NY-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Beacon, New York, Police Department Enters into Agreement with the United States to Reform Its Policies and Practices 12/23/2010
PN-NY-0006-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bharara, Preetinder S. (New York)
PN-NY-0006-0002 | PN-NY-0006-0003
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0006-0001
Kelley, David N. (New York)
PN-NY-0006-0001
Kennedy, David J. (New York)
PN-NY-0006-0001 | PN-NY-0006-0002
Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0006-0003
Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0006-0001
Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0006-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Pisanelli, Gerard J. (New York)
PN-NY-0006-0001
Ward-Willis, Nicholas (New York)
PN-NY-0006-0002
Other Lawyers None on record

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