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Police Union Contract Project


 

Learn how police union contracts make it more difficult to hold police officers accountable for misconduct.

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Police Union Contract Project


 

Learn how police union contracts make it more difficult to hold police officers accountable for misconduct.

In big cities, where police unions have political clout, rigid union contracts restricted the ability of police chiefs and civilian oversight bodies to tackle misconduct. As a result, an officer involved in a shooting often cannot be interviewed at the scene; internal affairs investigators have to wait days to get a statement.
— Jonathan Smith, former senior litigator, DOJ Civil Rights Division

HOW POLICE UNION CONTRACTS BLOCK ACCOUNTABILITY

  1. Preventing police officers from being interrogated immediately after being involved in an incident

  2. Preventing information on past misconduct investigations from being recorded or retained in an officer's personnel file

  3. Disqualifying misconduct complaints that are submitted 180+ days after an incident or that take over 1 year to investigate

  4. Limiting civilian oversight structures from being given the authority to discipline officers for misconduct

*Additional ways that police union contracts block accountability are mentioned on the next page.

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Contract Review


We examined contracts between police unions and some of America's largest cities to examine how they make it difficult to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

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Contract Review


We examined contracts between police unions and some of America's largest cities to examine how they make it difficult to hold officers accountable for misconduct.

Police Union Contract Provisions in U.S. Cities

In addition, many of the police union contracts reviewed contained provisions that:

  • Mandate paid leave for officers who kill
  • Prevent anonymous complaints from being investigated
  • Restrict the amount of time an officer can be interrogated for misconduct
  • Protect the identities of violent officers from public scrutiny
  • Require cities to pay for misconduct settlements
  • Prevent civilian oversight structures from being able to interrogate or subpoena officers
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Problematic Contract Provisions


Examples of police union contract provisions that block accountability.

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Problematic Contract Provisions


Examples of police union contract provisions that block accountability.

Email sam@thisisthemovement.org or deray@thisisthemovement.org to get involved in collecting information on and/or reviewing police union contracts in your area.

 

Last Updated 12.1.15

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