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Case Name Romero v. Mount Prospect PN-IL-0024
Docket / Court 1:00-cv-0861 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
This case is about racial profiling by police officers in Illinois.

On February 11, 2000, three Hispanic motorists filed a complaint against the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois (the Village), the Mount Prospect Police Department (MPPD), the Chief of Police, and several individual ... read more >
This case is about racial profiling by police officers in Illinois.

On February 11, 2000, three Hispanic motorists filed a complaint against the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois (the Village), the Mount Prospect Police Department (MPPD), the Chief of Police, and several individual officers. The plaintiffs sought class certification and the case was assigned to Judge James Zagel.

The complaint was amended several times, with the last amended complaint filed on April 5, 2000. We don't have access to the filings and, as such, do not have any further information about the cause of action or specific allegations by the plaintiffs.

From the docket we know that on June 6, 2000, the Village and MPPD filed a motion to dismiss one of the plaintiffs' claims and two named officers filed a separate motion to dismiss the claims against them. On June 13, 2000, another named officer moved to dismiss all claims against him. Then, on October 23, 2000, the court denied in part and granted in part the motions to dismiss. The conspiracy claims were dismissed without prejudice.

Throughout 2001 and 2002, the parties held numerous status conferences before Judge Zagel. On November 6, 2002, the plaintiffs filed a motion for voluntary dismissal against the individual defendants, which was granted on November 13. The parties filed a joint motion for preliminary approval of a class action settlement on November 7, which was also granted on November 13.

Around the time this case was filed in 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) undertook an investigation of MPPD as a result of other allegations of the police department's racial profiling of Hispanics. As a result of the investigation, the DOJ and MPPD entered into an agreement in January 2003 that provided a number of changes to be implemented by MPPD. The changes included creation of a written policy prohibiting discrimination, new documentation requirements for all traffic stops, and improved training and supervision of police officers. The agreement also required that MPPD publish a semi-annual report providing information on traffic stops and the investigations of any complaints. The changes from the DOJ's involvement may have impacted this case, but we are unsure if they did and to what extent.

The hearing on the final approval of the class action settlement was held on February 11, 2003. A judgment was entered granting the settlement, which terminated the case.

Rachel Kreager - 02/24/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
General
Racial profiling
National Origin/Ethnicity
Hispanic
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Defendant(s) Mount Prospect Police Department
Village of Mount Prospect
Plaintiff Description Hispanic motorists
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Unknown
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filed 02/11/2000
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Case Listing PN-IL-0006 : DOJ Investigation of the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois Police Department (No Court)
Court Docket(s)
N.D. Ill.
02/11/2003
1:00-cv-00861
PN-IL-0024-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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