Case: DOJ Investigation of Beverly Hills Police Department

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Case Summary

The DOJ opened one of its first “pattern-or-practice” investigations on August 12, 1996, to investigate the Beverly Hills Police Department. It closed this investigation November 11, 2000, without a consent decree or other agreement and without publishing any specific findings. The DOJ stated that it found no constitutional violations while investigating. News media made a public records request for information related to the investigation, but the DOJ said that it could not produce any documents.

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Hank Minor (1/6/2023)

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Case Details

State / Territory: California

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Key Dates

Closing Date: Nov. 11, 2000

Case Ongoing: No


Plaintiff Description:

U.S. Department of Justice (pattern-or-practice investigation)

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought


Beverly Hills Police Department (Beverly Hills, Los Angeles), City

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Case Details

Causes of Action:

Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, 34 U.S.C. § 12601 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 14141)

Available Documents:

None of the above


Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:


Source of Relief:




Pattern or Practice