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On November 15, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that they would be opening an investigation into the Worcester Police Department. The investigation intended to assess whether the Worcester Police Department engaged in a pattern or practice of using excessive force and whether their policing was discriminatory on the basis of race or sex. The Justice Department was given information that the DOJ believed indicated the Worcester Police Department may be acting in an unconstitutional or discriminatory manner. The Justice Department planned to investigate claims under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, the Safe Streets Act of 1968 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by examining the policies, procedures, and training employed by the Worcester Police Department. Specifically, the DOJ intended to review WPD’s handling of citizen complaints, how they investigate incidents, and how they interact with the public.
In 2018, the Department of Justice opened a similar investigation in Springfield, Massachusetts. That investigation was resolved by a consent decree in 2022. This investigation is ongoing.
Claire Butler (12/30/2022)
Last updated Aug. 30, 2023, 1:25 p.m.Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.
State / Territory: Massachusetts
Case Ongoing: Yes
The Department of Justice
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Class Action Sought: No
Class Action Outcome: Not sought
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