Case: DOJ Investigation of the Montgomery County Department of Police

Never Filed | No Court

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Case Summary

In January 2000, the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] and the Montgomery County Department of Police [MCPD] entered into a Memorandum of Agreement pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §14141. The agreement resolved a complaint filed by the Montgomery County chapter of the NAACP alleging that the MCPD engaged in the unconstitutional practice of racial profiling. The agreement set forth changes to be implemented by the MCPD which included:

• a prohibition against racial profiling in traffic stops

• documentation of various information (including race) for all traffic stops

• implementation of a new computer system to track all complaints and investigations

• publication of semi-annual reports that provided statistical and summary information on traffic stops and complaint investigations

• retention of a police practices consultant to oversee compliance with the MOA.

The MOA was to remain in effect for five years.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (1/17/2007)


Attorney for Plaintiff

Battaglia, Lynne A. (Maryland)

Brewington, Pamela (District of Columbia)

Friedlander, Mary (District of Columbia)

Lee, Bill Lann (District of Columbia)

Posner, Mark A. (District of Columbia)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse


Montgomery County, Maryland, Settles Civil Rights Investigation with the Justice Department

Jan. 14, 2000

Jan. 14, 2000

Press Release

No Court Case- Never Filed

Memorandum of Agreement

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

Jan. 14, 2000

Jan. 14, 2000

Settlement Agreement



Last updated Aug. 30, 2023, 2:33 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Maryland

Case Type(s):


Special Collection(s):

Traffic Stop Litigation

Key Dates

Closing Date: 2005

Case Ongoing: No


Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

Plaintiff Type(s):

U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought


Montgomery County Department of Police (Montgomery), County

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Violent Crime and Law Enforcement Act, 34 U.S.C. § 12601 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 14141)

Special Case Type(s):


Available Documents:

None of the above


Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:


Form of Settlement:

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 2000 - 2005



Racial profiling

Discrimination Basis:

Race discrimination


Traffic Stops