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Case Name DOJ Investigation of Louisville Police Department PN-KY-0002
Docket / Court No Docket ( No Court )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On April 26, 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government (Louisville Metro) and the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). According to Garland, the ... read more >
On April 26, 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government (Louisville Metro) and the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). According to Garland, the investigation, initiated under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, will examine whether the City and MPD violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment of citizens or the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. During the speech announcing the investigation, Garland explicitly linked the investigation to LMPD's 2020 killing of Breonna Taylor, which sparked national outrage and protests.

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/12/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Causes of Action 34 U.S.C. § 12601 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 14141)
Defendant(s) Louisville Metro Police Department
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Filed 2021
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Review of the Use of Monitors in Civil Settlement Agreements and Consent Decrees Involving State and Local Government Entities
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: 9/13/2021
By: Attorney General Merrick Garland and Assoc. AG Vanita Gupta (U.S. Department of Justice)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  Policing the Police: The Impact of "Pattern-or-Practice" Investigations on Crime
https://www.nber.org/papers/w27324
Date: June 2020
By: Tanaya Devi, Roland G. Fryer Jr (Harvard Faculty)
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  Data examining the Department of Justice's civil rights investigations of local and state police departments
Marshall Project
Date: Jan. 17, 2017
By: Tom Meagher (Marshall Project)
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  The Civil Rights Division’s Pattern and Practice Police Reform Work: 1994-Present
https://www.justice.gov/
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice
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  An Interactive Guide to the Civil Rights Division’s Police Reforms
https://www.justice.gov/
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
By: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division (U.S. Department of Justice)
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  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
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General Documents
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04/26/2021
Department of Justice Announces Investigation of the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government and Louisville Metro Police Department
PN-KY-0002-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section

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