Case: People of the State of California v. City of Riverside

01-355410 | California state trial court

Filed Date: March 5, 2001

Closed Date: March 1, 2006

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Case Summary

In 2000, California became the first statue to statutorily authorize its attorney general to address issues regarding police misconduct. On March 5, 2001, the Attorney General of California (Bill Lockyer) filed a complaint and stipulated judgment in Riverside County Superior Court. This stipulated judgment resolved issues uncovered by the AG during a nearly two-year investigation of the Riverside Police Department (RPD). That investigation was sparked by the 1998 shooting death of Tyisha Miller…

In 2000, California became the first statue to statutorily authorize its attorney general to address issues regarding police misconduct. On March 5, 2001, the Attorney General of California (Bill Lockyer) filed a complaint and stipulated judgment in Riverside County Superior Court. This stipulated judgment resolved issues uncovered by the AG during a nearly two-year investigation of the Riverside Police Department (RPD). That investigation was sparked by the 1998 shooting death of Tyisha Miller, a 19-year old black woman, who was shot by RPD officers. It uncovered a pattern or practice of misconduct and racially discriminatory law enforcement within the RPD.

Pursuant to the stipulated judgment, the RPD agreed to implement a series of reforms which included: changes to the citizen complaint procedures, increased training and supervision of officers, installation of audio and video recorders in patrol cars, and creation of a community-oriented policing program. The AG appointed Joseph Brann, a nationally known police expert, to serve as the monitor. Monitor Brann issued several reports during the five-year monitoring period.

After reviewing Monitor Brann's final report, the AG determined that the RPD had fulfilled its obligations and improved its polices and practices. On March 1, 2006, Judge Sharon Waters granted the AG's request for the formal dissolution of the stipulated judgment.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (1/16/2007)

Lauren Yu (8/23/2021)

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People


Judge(s)

Cunnison, Stephen D. (California)

Miceli, Victor (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ichinaga, Jon (California)

Lockyer, Bill (California)

Verdugo, Louis (California)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Brann, Joseph (California)

Judge(s)

Cunnison, Stephen D. (California)

Miceli, Victor (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Ichinaga, Jon (California)

Lockyer, Bill (California)

Verdugo, Louis (California)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Brann, Joseph (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

01-355410

Stipulated Judgment

March 5, 2001

March 5, 2001

Settlement Agreement

Activity Report - Use of Force Panel Report

No Court

Dec. 11, 2001

Dec. 11, 2001

Other

Strategic Plan 2004-2009 - Riverside Police Department

No Court

Jan. 1, 2004

Jan. 1, 2004

Other

An Analysis of Traffic Stop Data in The City Of Riverside (Third Year Report)

No Court

March 5, 2004

March 5, 2004

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

01-355410

Amendment to Judgment

State of California v. City of Riverside

California state supreme court

Dec. 1, 2004

Dec. 1, 2004

Order/Opinion

Report Addendum - Riverside Traffic Stop Analysis 2001

No Court

Dec. 31, 2005

Dec. 31, 2005

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

Stipulated Judgment - 2005 Fourth Quarter Report

No Court

Feb. 12, 2006

Feb. 12, 2006

Monitor/Expert/Receiver Report

Attorney General Lockyer Announces Conclusion of Five-Year Court-Enforced State Monitoring of the Riverside Police Department

No Court

March 2, 2006

March 2, 2006

Press Release

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Filing Date: March 5, 2001

Closing Date: March 1, 2006

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

The people of the state of California alleging racial and gender profiling in motor vehicle stops made by the Riverside Police Department

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

City of Riverside (Riverside), City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Availably Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Order Duration: 2001 - 2006

Content of Injunction:

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Monitoring

Training

Issues

General:

Excessive force

Failure to discipline

Failure to supervise

Failure to train

Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures

Racial profiling

Discrimination-basis:

Race discrimination

Race:

Black