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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the City of Villa Rica, Georgia Police Department PN-GA-0002
Docket / Court No Court Case ( No Court )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On January 27, 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] notified the City of Villa Rica, Georgia that it had commenced an investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 of the Villa Rica Police Department [VRPD]. The investigation focused on whether the VRPD's drug interdiction unit, the "ICE Team, ... read more >
On January 27, 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] notified the City of Villa Rica, Georgia that it had commenced an investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 of the Villa Rica Police Department [VRPD]. The investigation focused on whether the VRPD's drug interdiction unit, the "ICE Team, was engaging in a pattern or practice of discriminatory law enforcement and improper searches and seizures. Following the investigation, the DOJ and the City entered into a Memorandum of Agreement on December 23, 2003, which set forth changes to be implemented to certain VRPD policies and procedures. Changes were specified in the areas of highway interdiction operation, citizen complaints, training and officer supervision. The agreement called for the selection of an independent monitor to oversee the implementation process. The agreement was to terminate three years after its effective date, unless modified by the parties. As of the date of this summary, it is not known if the agreement has been terminated.

Dan Dalton - 01/07/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Villa Rica 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 2003 - 2006
Case Ongoing No reason to think so
Additional Resources
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  New York City to Pay Up to $75 Million Over Dismissed Summonses
New York Times
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
By: Benjamin Weiser (New York Times)
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  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 (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)
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  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
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  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)
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  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 )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
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Docket(s)
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General Documents
Memorandum of Agreement between the United States and City of Villa Rica, Georgia
PN-GA-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/23/2003
Plaintiff's Lawyers Acosta, R. Alexander (District of Columbia)
PN-GA-0002-0001
Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
PN-GA-0002-0001
Duffey, William S. Jr. (Georgia)
PN-GA-0002-0001
Eichner, James (District of Columbia)
PN-GA-0002-0001

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