Los Angeles Police Department (California)


In July 1996, the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (the Division) opened an investigation into the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). In May 2000, the Division identified a pattern or practice of excessive force and unlawful stops, searches and arrests linked to inadequate training, supervision, and accountability systems. In November 2001, the parties entered into a court-enforced consent decree. The consent decree terminated in July 2009, although a transition agreement between the Division and the City of Los Angeles remained in effect until May 2013.

Fast Facts

Case Status: Closed
City and State: Los Angeles, California
Year Initiated: 2000
Year Closed: 2013

Case Documents

Document PDF/HTML Link
Findings Letter 2000 Link
Consent Decree 2001 PDF