Case: DOJ Investigation of Tulsa Police Department

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Case Summary

On February 8, 2001, the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the Tulsa Police Department after a Black Tulsa police officer filed a class-action lawsuit alleging discriminatory treatment against officers. The suit resulted in a consent decree in May 2003, which required officers to record and report stop-and-arrest data and report uses of force. 

The DOJ investigation was purportedly focused on allegations of excessive use of force and discriminatory policing. The DOJ did not file a complaint, and the case was closed on July 21, 2008, without an agreement.

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Robin Peterson (5/25/2023)

Simran Takhar (11/19/2023)

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Case Details

State / Territory: Oklahoma

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Key Dates

Closing Date: July 21, 2008

Case Ongoing: No


Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

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


Tulsa 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

Discrimination Basis:

Race discrimination


Excessive force