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officers for research or statistical purposes. Moreover, the act allows the federal
government to aggressively seek out and eliminate a pattern or practice of abuses by law
enforcement officials in any jurisdiction, including state jurisdictions (Amnesty
International, 1996, p. 42 of 51)
The USA Today reported that consent decrees are promising success for future
"The city must also provide more officers for the department's Internal
Affairs Group to investigate serious uses of police force. Within two years, the
department must also set up a sophisticated computer system to track performance
of police officers, in order to more quickly identify problems. "Between 1974 and
1997, tiny Steubenville, Ohio, with barely 50 officers, averaged more than two
police-brutality lawsuits a year. The situation was so bad at that point, after
paying $850,000 in court judgments and settlements; the city actually lost its
police liability insurance.
In Pittsburgh throughout the 1990s, members of the Bureau of Police
became notorious for finding disrespectful citizens guilty of "contempt of cop"
and throwing them in the cooler overnight on trumped-up charges.
The good news for beleaguered citizens in both cities, and elsewhere, is
that a relatively new reform tool -consent decrees signed with the Justice
Department in the face of federal civil rights litigation- is achieving notable
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Lofca, Izzet. A Case Study on Police Misconduct in the United States of America and an Applicable Model for the Turkish National Police., thesis, August 2002; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3234/m1/98/: accessed September 22, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .