Case: Romero v. Mount Prospect

1:00-cv-00861 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: Feb. 11, 2000

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Case Summary

This case is about racial profiling by police officers in Illinois. On February 11, 2000, three Hispanic motorists filed a complaint against the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois (the Village), the Mount Prospect Police Department (MPPD), the Chief of Police, and several individual officers. The plaintiffs sought class certification and the case was assigned to Judge James Zagel. The complaint was amended several times, with the last amended complaint filed on April 5, 2000. We don't have acc…

This case is about racial profiling by police officers in Illinois.

On February 11, 2000, three Hispanic motorists filed a complaint against the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois (the Village), the Mount Prospect Police Department (MPPD), the Chief of Police, and several individual officers. The plaintiffs sought class certification and the case was assigned to Judge James Zagel.

The complaint was amended several times, with the last amended complaint filed on April 5, 2000. We don't have access to the filings and, as such, do not have any further information about the cause of action or specific allegations by the plaintiffs.

From the docket we know that on June 6, 2000, the Village and MPPD filed a motion to dismiss one of the plaintiffs' claims and two named officers filed a separate motion to dismiss the claims against them. On June 13, 2000, another named officer moved to dismiss all claims against him. Then, on October 23, 2000, the court denied in part and granted in part the motions to dismiss. The conspiracy claims were dismissed without prejudice.

Throughout 2001 and 2002, the parties held numerous status conferences before Judge Zagel. On November 6, 2002, the plaintiffs filed a motion for voluntary dismissal against the individual defendants, which was granted on November 13. The parties filed a joint motion for preliminary approval of a class action settlement on November 7, which was also granted on November 13.

Around the time this case was filed in 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) undertook an investigation of MPPD as a result of other allegations of the police department's racial profiling of Hispanics. As a result of the investigation, the DOJ and MPPD entered into an agreement in January 2003 that provided a number of changes to be implemented by MPPD. The changes included creation of a written policy prohibiting discrimination, new documentation requirements for all traffic stops, and improved training and supervision of police officers. The agreement also required that MPPD publish a semi-annual report providing information on traffic stops and the investigations of any complaints. The changes from the DOJ's involvement may have impacted this case, but we are unsure if they did and to what extent.

The hearing on the final approval of the class action settlement was held on February 11, 2003. A judgment was entered granting the settlement, which terminated the case.

Summary Authors

Rachel Kreager (2/24/2021)

Related Cases

DOJ Investigation of the Village of Mount Prospect, Illinois Police Department, No Court (2000)

People


Judge(s)

Zagel, James Block (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hervas, Charles E. (Illinois)

Hirsch, Michelle J. (Georgia)

Munoz, Gustavo (Illinois)

Rueckert, Steven Craig (Illinois)

Sax, Jason M. (Illinois)

Wilkes, Peter J. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Ekl, Terry A. (Illinois)

Garrett, Frank Bennett III (Illinois)

Kulling, Kevin G. (Illinois)

Judge(s)

Zagel, James Block (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hervas, Charles E. (Illinois)

Hirsch, Michelle J. (Georgia)

Munoz, Gustavo (Illinois)

Rueckert, Steven Craig (Illinois)

Sax, Jason M. (Illinois)

Wilkes, Peter J. (Illinois)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Ekl, Terry A. (Illinois)

Garrett, Frank Bennett III (Illinois)

Kulling, Kevin G. (Illinois)

Kurnik, William W. (Illinois)

Miller, Stephen Richard (Illinois)

Sanchez, Manuel (Illinois)

Scarry, Laura Lee (Illinois)

Sotos, James G. (Illinois)

Winters, Mark Edward (Illinois)

Zullo, Peter Frank (Illinois)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Feb. 11, 2003 Docket

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Filing Date: Feb. 11, 2000

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Hispanic motorists

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Unknown

Defendants

Village of Mount Prospect (Cook), City

Mount Prospect Police Department (Mount Prospect, Cook), City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Unknown

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Voluntary Dismissal

Issues

General:

Racial profiling

Discrimination-basis:

National origin discrimination

Race discrimination

National Origin/Ethnicity:

Hispanic