Case: DOJ Investigation of Eastpointe Police Department

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Case Summary

On March 20, 1998, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the Eastpointe Police Department of Michigan after a private lawsuit was filed against the police for racially profiling young Black boys riding bikes in this region of metro Detroit. The plaintiffs did not prevail in that private suit, but the ACLU filed a subsequent suit alleging similar abuses and reached a $160,000 settlement with the police department.

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Robin Peterson (5/25/2023)

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Case Details

State / Territory: Michigan

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Closing Date: Jan. 12, 2005

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Department of Justice

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

Defendants

Eastpointe Police Department, City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Unreasonable search and seizure

Available Documents:

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

General/Misc.:

Juveniles

Pattern or Practice

Racial profiling

Discrimination Basis:

Race discrimination

Affected Race(s):

Black