Case: DOJ Investigation of the Beacon Police Department

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Filed Date: 2004

Closed Date: 2016

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Case Summary

In 2004, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [collectively "DOJ"] initiated an investigation of the City of Beacon, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141.On June 21, 2005, the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's policies in the following areas: use of force, vehicle purs…

In 2004, the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [collectively "DOJ"] initiated an investigation of the City of Beacon, New York Police Department pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 14141.

On June 21, 2005, the DOJ issued a technical assistance letter to the department. In the letter, the DOJ made specific recommendations regarding changes to the department's policies in the following areas: use of force, vehicle pursuits/roadblocks, complaint investigations, supervisory oversight, and training.

In 2010, the parties entered into a settlement agreement. The agreement incorporated many of the recommndations made the technical assistance letter. The parties anticipated that the agreement would remain in effect for two years, but termination would only occur when the parties agree that the City of Beacon Police Department had maintained substantial compliance with the agreement.

On August 9, 2016, the DOJ sent a letter to the City of Beacon Police Department saying that it was in substantial compliance with the agreement. According to the law firm enlisted to help the city achieve substantial compliance, the DOJ letter recognized that the Beacon Police Department demonstrated substantial improvement with respect to how it interacts with the citizens of the City of Beacon and others on a day-to-day basis.

Summary Authors

Blase Kearney (7/31/2012)

Richard Jolly (11/27/2014)

Abigail DeHart (3/9/2018)

People


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bharara, Preetinder S. (New York)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Kelley, David N. (New York)

Kennedy, David J. (New York)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)

Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Pisanelli, Gerard J. (New York)

Ward-Willis, Nicholas (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Bharara, Preetinder S. (New York)

Brown Cutlar, Shanetta Y. (District of Columbia)

Kelley, David N. (New York)

Kennedy, David J. (New York)

Perez, Thomas E. (District of Columbia)

Schlozman, Bradley (District of Columbia)

Smith, Jonathan Mark (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Pisanelli, Gerard J. (New York)

Ward-Willis, Nicholas (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Beacon Police Department

In re: DOJ Investigation of the Beacon Police Department

June 21, 2005

June 21, 2005

Findings Letter/Report

Beacon, New York, Police Department Enters into Agreement with the United States to Reform Its Policies and Practices

[Beacon Police Department]

Dec. 23, 2010

Dec. 23, 2010

Press Release

Agreement

United States v. Beacon Police Department

None

None

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

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

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

Case Details

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2004

Closing Date: 2016

Case Ongoing: No

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

Beacon Police Department (Beacon, New York), City

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Unreasonable search and seizure

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

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:

Private Settlement Agreement

Order Duration: 2010 - 2016

Content of Injunction:

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Reporting

Retaliation Prohibition

Issues

General:

Excessive force

Failure to discipline

Failure to supervise

Failure to train

Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures

Racial profiling