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Case Name DOJ Investigation of Phoenix Police Department PN-AZ-0005
Docket / Court No Docket ( No Court )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Case Summary
On August 5, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. According to the announcement, the investigation, initiated under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, ... read more >
On August 5, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. According to the announcement, the investigation, initiated under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, will examine whether the City and the Department violated the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment of citizens or the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The matter is ongoing.

Jonah Hudson-Erdman - 09/12/2021
Richard Cantoral - 11/19/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Aggressive behavior
Excessive force
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
U.S. Dept of Justice plaintiff
Causes of Action 34 U.S.C. § 12601 (previously 42 U.S.C. § 14141)
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) City of Phoenix
Phoenix Police Department
Plaintiff Description DOJ
Indexed Lawyer Organizations U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division
Class action status sought Unknown
Class action status outcome Unknown
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Unknown
Source of Relief None yet
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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
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08/05/2021
Justice Department Announces Investigation of the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department
PN-AZ-0005-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section

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