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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Montgomery County Department of Police PN-MD-0004
Docket / Court Never Filed ( No Court )
State/Territory Maryland
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] and the Montgomery County Department of Police [MCPD] entered into a Memorandum of Agreement pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §14141. The agreement resolved a complaint filed by the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP alleging that the MCPD engaged in ... read more >
In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] and the Montgomery County Department of Police [MCPD] entered into a Memorandum of Agreement pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §14141. The agreement resolved a complaint filed by the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP alleging that the MCPD engaged in the unconstitutional practice of racial profiling. The agreement set forth changes to be implemented by the MCPD which included:

• a prohibition against racial profiling in traffic stops

• documentation of various information (including race) for all traffic stops

• implementation of a new computer system to track all complaints and investigations

• publication of semi-annual reports that provided statistical and summary information on traffic stops and complaint investigations

• retention of a police practices consultant to oversee compliance with the MOA.

The MOA was to remain in effect for five years.

Dan Dalton - 01/17/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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) Montgomery County Department of Police
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice
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 2000 - 2005
Case Closing Year 2005
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Links New York City to Pay Up to $75 Million Over Dismissed Summonses
New York Times
Written: Jan. 23, 2017
By: Benjamin Weiser (New York Times)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice Police Reform Work: 1994-Present
https://www.justice.gov/
Written: Jan. 04, 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/
Written: Jan. 04, 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?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
Written: Jan. 01, 2014
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum of Agreement
PN-MD-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/14/2000
Montgomery County, Maryland, Settles Civil Rights Investigation with the Justice Department
PN-MD-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/14/2000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Battaglia, Lynne A. (Maryland)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Brewington, Pamela (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Friedlander, Mary (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001
Posner, Mark A. (District of Columbia)
PN-MD-0004-0001

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