Puerto Rico Police Department (Puerto Rico)


In July 2008, the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice (the Division) opened an investigation into the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD). In September 2011, the Division identified a pattern or practice of excessive force, violations of the First Amendment right to observe and record police activity and unlawful searches and seizures resulting from inadequate policies, supervision, training, accountability, and community engagement. The findings letter also raised concerns about patterns of discriminatory policing. In July 2013, the parties entered into a court-enforced consent decree, which remains in effect.

Fast Facts

Case Status: Ongoing
City and State: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Year Initiated: 2008
Year Closed: Ongoing

Case Documents

Document Title PDF Link
Findings Letter 2011 PDF
Settlement Agreement 2013 PDF