In Re Cincinnati Policing
209 F.R.D. 395 (S.D. Ohio 2003)
Case Dates:Sunday, 18 March, 2001 - Wednesday, 21 May, 2003
In Re Cincinnati Policing sought to address a long history of racial profiling by Cincinnati police between 1995 and 2001. The ACLU of Ohio partnered with the Cincinnati Black United Front to file suit in federal court in April of 2001 after an independent report found that African American drivers in Cincinnati were routinely charged with non-moving violations at a rate alarmingly higher than white drivers. In addition, fifteen young African American men, three of whom were unarmed, had been killed while in police custody during the six-year period. The suit alleged Cincinnati police officers engaged in racial profiling and discriminatory law enforcement. The litigation resulted in the Cincinnati Collaborative Agreement a year later in April 2002. The agreement sought to improve police-community relations through the development of five specific objectives over a five-year period. Read about the Collaborative Agreement and view historic legal briefs, reports, and news articles here.