Pittsburgh Police Bureau (Pennsylvania)


In April 1996, the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (the Division) opened an investigation into the Pittsburgh Police Bureau (PPB). In January 1997, the Division identified a pattern or practice of excessive force; unlawful stops, searches and arrests, linking these findings to insufficient accountability systems and failure to supervise officers. In April 1997, the parties entered into a court-enforced consent decree. The consent decree was terminated in September 2002, with ongoing monitoring of a backlog of investigations of civilian complaints by the city’s independent auditor through 2005.

Fast Facts

Case Status: Closed
City and State: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Year Initiated: 1996
Year Closed: 2005

Case Documents

Document Title Link
Findings Letter 1997 Link
Consent Decree 1997 Link