Case: DOJ Investigation of New York City Police Department (Southern District)

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Case Summary

On March 17, 1999, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the Southern District of the New York Police Department after police shot and killed the unarmed Guinean man Amadou Diallo. The state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer also opened an investigation into the NYPD’s stop and frisk practices.

The DOJ did not file a complaint and the case was closed on March 31, 2005.

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Robin Peterson (5/25/2023)

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Case Details

State / Territory: New York

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Key Dates

Closing Date: March 31, 2005

Case Ongoing: No


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


New York City, 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)

Constitutional Clause(s):

Unreasonable search and seizure

Available Documents:

None of the above


Prevailing Party: None Yet / None

Nature of Relief:


Source of Relief:




Pattern or Practice