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Case Name People of the State of California v. City of Riverside PN-CA-0014
Docket / Court 355410 ( State Court )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
In 2000, California became the first statue to statutorily authorize its attorney general to address issues regarding police misconduct. On March 5, 2001, the Attorney General of California (Bill Lockyer) filed a complaint and stipulated judgment in Riverside County Superior Court. This stipulated ... read more >
In 2000, California became the first statue to statutorily authorize its attorney general to address issues regarding police misconduct. On March 5, 2001, the Attorney General of California (Bill Lockyer) filed a complaint and stipulated judgment in Riverside County Superior Court. This stipulated judgment resolved issues uncovered by the AG during a nearly two-year investigation of the Riverside Police Department (RPD). That investigation was sparked by the 1998 shooting death of Tyisha Miller, a 19-year old black woman, who was shot by RPD officers. It uncovered a pattern or practice of misconduct and racially discriminatory law enforcement within the RPD.

Pursuant to the stipulated judgment, the RPD agreed to implement a series of reforms which included: changes to the citizen complaint procedures, increased training and supervision of officers, installation of audio and video recorders in patrol cars, and creation of a community-oriented policing program. The AG appointed Joseph Brann, a nationally known police expert, to serve as the monitor. Monitor Brann issued several reports during the five-year monitoring period.

After reviewing Monitor Brann's final report, the AG determined that the RPD had fulfilled its obligations and improved its polices and practices. On March 1, 2006, Judge Sharon Waters granted the AG's request for the formal dissolution of the stipulated judgment.

Dan Dalton - 01/16/2007
Lauren Yu - 08/23/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Monitoring
Training
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Inadequate citizen complaint investigations and procedures
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Defendant(s) City of Riverside
Plaintiff Description The people of the state of California alleging racial and gender profiling in motor vehicle stops made by the Riverside Police Department
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2001 - 2006
Filed 03/05/2001
Case Closing Year 2006
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing PN-CA-0037 : DOJ Investigation of Riverside Police Department (No Court)
Additional Resources
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  Attorney General Lockyer Announces Conclusion of Five-Year, Court-Enforced State Monitoring of Riverside Police Department
State of California Department of Justice
Date: Mar. 2, 2006
By: Office of the Attorney General
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Police Misconduct
State of California Department of Justice
Date: Mar. 5, 2001
By: Office of the Attorney General
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
State Trial Court
03/05/2001
Stipulated Judgment
PN-CA-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
not recorded
12/11/2001
Activity Report - Use of Force Panel Report
PN-CA-0014-0003.pdf | Detail
not recorded
01/01/2004
Strategic Plan 2004-2009 - Riverside Police Department
PN-CA-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
not recorded
03/05/2004
An Analysis of Traffic Stop Data in The City Of Riverside (Third Year Report)
PN-CA-0014-0004.pdf | Detail
State Supreme Court
12/01/2004
Amendment to Judgment
PN-CA-0014-0008.pdf | Detail
not recorded
12/31/2005
Report Addendum - Riverside Traffic Stop Analysis 2001
PN-CA-0014-0005.pdf | Detail
not recorded
02/12/2006
Stipulated Judgment - 2005 Fourth Quarter Report
PN-CA-0014-0006.pdf | Detail
not recorded
03/02/2006
Attorney General Lockyer Announces Conclusion of Five-Year Court-Enforced State Monitoring of the Riverside Police Department
PN-CA-0014-0007.pdf | Detail
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Judges Cunnison, Stephen D. (State Supreme Court) show/hide docs
PN-CA-0014-0008
Miceli, Victor (State Trial Court) show/hide docs
PN-CA-0014-0001
Monitors/Masters Brann, Joseph (California) show/hide docs
PN-CA-0014-0006
Plaintiff's Lawyers Ichinaga, Jon (California) show/hide docs
PN-CA-0014-0001
Lockyer, Bill (California) show/hide docs
PN-CA-0014-0001 | PN-CA-0014-0006 | PN-CA-0014-0007 | PN-CA-0014-0008
Verdugo, Louis (California) show/hide docs
PN-CA-0014-0001 | PN-CA-0014-0008

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