Case: In re: DOJ Investigation of City of Bakersfield Police Department

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Filed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

In 2003 and 2004, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] conducted an investigation of the City of Bakersfield Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

On April 12, 2004 the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's written policies in the following areas: use of force and use of force reporting, firearms and impact weapons, citizen complaint procedure, monitoring officer conduct and the disciplinary process.

As of the date of this summary, it is not clear whether the DOJ investigation remains ongoing.

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (1/22/2007)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Scott, McGregor W. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gennaro, Virginia (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Scott, McGregor W. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Gennaro, Virginia (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Investigation of City of Bakersfield Police Department

In re: DOJ Investigation of City of Bakersfield Police Department

April 12, 2004

April 12, 2004

Findings Letter/Report

Resources

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2003

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

United States Department of Justice

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

Defendants

Bakersfield Police Department (Bakersfield, California), City

Case Details

Causes of Action:

34 U.S.C. § 12601 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 14141)

Constitutional Clause(s):

Unreasonable search and seizure

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Availably Documents:

None of the above

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Unknown

Nature of Relief:

Unknown

Source of Relief:

Unknown

Issues

General:

Excessive force

Failure to discipline

Failure to supervise

Failure to train

Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures

Racial profiling