Case: DOJ Investigation of the Portland, Maine Police Department

No Court Case | No Court

Filed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

In January 2002, Police Chief Michael Chitwood requested that the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] review the polices, practices and procedures of the Portland, Maine Police Department. The DOJ conducted an investigation pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141 and issued a technical assistance letter to the department on March 21, 2003. In the letter, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's policies in the following areas: use of force, use of force reporting and review, searches and seizures, complaints and investigations, early warning systems, training, and organizational concerns.

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

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (1/23/2007)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Poliquin, Beth (Maine)

Wood, Gary (Maine)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Poliquin, Beth (Maine)

Wood, Gary (Maine)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Investigation of the Portland, Maine Police Department

In re: DOJ Investigation of the Portland, Maine Police Department

March 21, 2003

March 21, 2003

Findings Letter/Report

Resources

Docket

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

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: Maine

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: Unknown

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Portland Police Department (Portland, Maine), 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