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Investigation of the Puerto Rico Police Department

In 2008, the Civil Rights Division opened an investigation of the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Following its comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department on September 8, 2011, announced its findings that the PRPD has engaged in patterns of misconduct that violate the Constitution and federal law. The documents on this page provide more information about the investigation, the Justice Department's findings, and settlement.

Executive Summary

English    |    Spanish

Findings Letter

English    |    Spanish

Complaint (2012)   pdf

Order Regarding Amicus Briefing on Agreement(2012)   pdf

Settlement Agreement (2013, English)   pdf

Settlement Agreement (2013, Spanish)   pdf

Order Approving Settlement Agreement (2013)   pdf

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