Case: DOJ Investigation of Charleston Police Department

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Case Summary

On March 31, 1999, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the Charleston Police Department of West Virginia after allegations that the Street Crimes Unit engaged in racial profiling and improper searches.

The DOJ recommended several changes to the police department, including updating its use-of-force policy and separating the internal affairs department to allow it to operate more independently. The DOJ subsequently issued a letter citing significant improvement within the police department. No complaint was filed, and the case was closed on November 12, 2003.

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Robin Peterson (5/25/2023)

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Case Details

State / Territory: West Virginia

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Key Dates

Closing Date: Nov. 12, 2003

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


Charleston Police Department, 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

Racial profiling


Race discrimination