Addressing Violations: Lessons Learned Recommendations from Civil Rights Litigation

Train supervisors on: 

  • Proper report writing
  • Reviewing subordinate’s reports on searches and seizures for completeness, accuracy, and quality
  • Strategies for identifying biased police practices 
  • Evaluating complaints of improper searches and seizures
  • Recommending and administering proper disciplinary action when necessary

Baltimore, MD          Cleveland, OH        Puerto Rico

Responsibility of supervisors include: 

  • Review search reports for completeness and adherence to law
  • Document and report searches that appear to be without legal justification or are in violation of a department policy

Alamance County, NC          Baltimore, MD          Cleveland, OH        Detroit, MI        East Haven, CT         Los Angeles County, CA        New Jersey        New Orleans, LA        Newark, NJ         Pittsburgh, PA         Puerto Rico            Steubenville, OH            Yonkers, NY

Take appropriate action to address all violations in searches and/or seizures

  • Responsibility of supervisors

Baltimore, MD          East Haven, CT         Los Angeles County, CA        New Orleans, LA        Newark, NJ         Yonkers, NY

The information provided above has come directly from the consent decree language, which can be accessed by clicking on each corresponding city’s consent decree. This information is intended to guide departments on decisions and actions to improve their Constitutional policing practices. Additional resources and information may be needed to implement these recommendations successfully. For assistance in implementing recommendations, contact the Knowledge Lab team.