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Case Name DOJ Investigation of the Schenectady Police Department PN-NY-0005
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
Beginning in 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] conducted an investigation of the City of Schenectady, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe
Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d(c)(3).

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Beginning in 2002, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] conducted an investigation of the City of Schenectady, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 and the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe
Streets Act of 1968, 42 U.S.C. § 3789d(c)(3).

On March 19, 2003, the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, the DOJ noted that department's policy did "not limit the use of deadly force to situations involving an imminent threat to the life of the officer or another person," and that "the policy appears to state that the use of deadly force may be justified even when there is no imminent threat to the life of the officer or another person." To prevent future harms, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's policies in the following areas: use of force, investigations, external complaints, discipline, supervisory oversight, and training.

As of March 21, 2015, there is no further information about this investigation.

Dan Dalton - 01/23/2007
Richard Jolly - 11/28/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
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
Special Case Type
Out-of-court
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 14141
Defendant(s) Schenectady Police Department
Plaintiff Description United States Department of Justice investigation of use of force by the City of Schenectady, New York Police Department.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
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)
[ 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 (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 )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Investigation of the Schenectady Police Department
PN-NY-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/19/2003
Judges Jurczynski, Albert P. Court not on record
PN-NY-0005-0001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)
PN-NY-0005-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Brockbank, Michael T. (New York)
PN-NY-0005-0001

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