This Project was created after the murder of George Floyd ignited a worldwide movement striving for--among many important issues--police accountability.
The Project provides a public database where anyone can search for information about suppression orders. The information in the database is submitted by criminal defense attorneys (or in a perfect world, even prosecutors or judges) by using the form on this website.
The Project is currently moderated by a former public defender and now civil rights lawyer in Minneapolis.
WHY WE NEED IT
Every week, in every county in the United States, judges are issuing orders finding that a
police officer violated the law.
Sometimes, the judge will even find that the officer lied under oath.
These orders are typically referred to as "suppression orders."
Unlike police complaints, which are rarely made public and usually closed without ample investigation, these orders are public. But because there is no central place to search and access these orders, the information can get lost forever. That lack of organization means police officers who are repeatedly found to have broken the law get away with it--again and again. And it also means that prosecutors can claim they are unaware of any orders against a specific officer and keep charging his or her cases.
This Project is an attempt to hold officers accountable by creating a database where these orders can be organized and easily searched.
If you want to get involved, or if you have technical issues or suggestions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.