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Case Name DOJ Investigation of Torrance Police Department PN-CA-0034
Docket / Court docket unknown ( No Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
In January 1995, The Department of Justice opened this investigation on racist policing by the Torrance Police Department (TPD). The DOJ announced that this investigation was an expansion from the lawsuit Price v. Kramer, which was filed by three students who alleged they were ordered from the car ... read more >
In January 1995, The Department of Justice opened this investigation on racist policing by the Torrance Police Department (TPD). The DOJ announced that this investigation was an expansion from the lawsuit Price v. Kramer, which was filed by three students who alleged they were ordered from the car at gunpoint, patted down and made to sit cross-legged on the sidewalk because of their race.

The Justice Department had previously filed a lawsuit against Torrance in 1993 (United States v. City of Torrance), as well as other California cities, including El Monte, Alhambra and Pomona, claiming that their police and fire departments discriminated against the minorities during hiring.

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Ginny Lee - 04/09/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
Disparate Treatment
Racial profiling
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Torrance Police Department
Plaintiff Description This is a Department of Justice investigation.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Unknown
Filing Year 1995
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Data examining the Department of Justice's civil rights investigations of local and state police departments
Marshall Project
Date: Jan. 17, 2017
By: Tom Meagher (Marshall Project)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice Police Reform Work: 1994-Present
https://www.justice.gov/
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  An Interactive Guide to the Civil Rights Division’s Police Reforms
https://www.justice.gov/
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
Date: 2014
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program Faculty)
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

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