- We reached a comprehensive settlement agreement with the City of Miami and the Miami Police Department (MPD) resolving our investigation of officer-involved shootings by MPD officers.
- In a keynote address at the University of Texas at Austin’s LBJ School of Public Affairs Barbara Jordan National Forum, head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta highlighted how the former congresswoman’s legacy applies to the civil rights challenges of the 21st century: “Time and again, she chose faith over fear. She merged courage with compassion. And she preached unity over division. From the Fifth Ward of Houston, to the United States Congress, Barbara Jordan taught us about the power of our democracy to balance the scales of justice.”
- The Division reached a settlement agreement with the Arlington-Mansfield Area YMCA, a local Texas affiliate of the YMCA, to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a child the opportunity to participate in a summer day camp program because of his diabetes.
- Vanita Gupta spoke at a symposium on the criminalization of poverty at the University of Michigan Law School. In her remarks, she emphasized that “our country’s justice system guarantees equal protection for all people, regardless of their money or their means.”
- Two Texas men were each sentenced to 15 years in prison following their convictions of hate crime offenses for their roles in a 2012 assault of a gay African-American man. In handing down the sentence, the judge commented that the defendants had abandoned their humanity to the viciousness of animals.
- Vanita Gupta joined U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Carmen Ortiz to announce the launch of a new Civil Rights Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She also led a roundtable discussion on community-police relations with law enforcement officials, community leaders, and representatives from faith-based institutions.
- A federal monitor found that the Seattle Police Department’s (SPD) new crisis intervention policies, trainings, and operations are in initial compliance with the provisions of the court-ordered agreement with the Justice Department. The federal monitor filed the ninth of 15 formal assessments with the court and concluded, “there has been a real, tangible, and objective change in the way Seattle police are interacting, compassionately and with an eye towards treatment, with those in crisis.”
- We reached a settlement agreement with the City of Chicago to resolve allegations that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) discriminated against entry-level police officer applicants on the basis of national origin, in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This settlement is distinct from our investigation into allegations concerning CPD’s methods of policing and its practices with respect to the use of force; that investigation remains ongoing.
Updated December 28, 2016