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Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about the 1978 Consent Decree (“1978 Kendrick Consent Decree”) and the Modified Kendrick Decree. Learn about the Memphis Police Department (“MPD”), the Monitoring team, how the Decree benefits the community, and more.

     On December 21, 2018, the Honorable Jon P. McCalla, United States District Judge for the Western District of Tennessee, appointed Edward L. Stanton III and his team of subject matter experts (collectively, the “Monitoring Team”) as the Court’s Independent Monitor. The Monitoring Team keeps the Court apprised of and ensures the progress of the City of Memphis’s compliance with the Modified Kendrick Decree. The Modified Kendrick Decree represents the ACLU’s and the City of Memphis’s agreement regarding the City’s various policing activities and protocols that may implicate the public’s First Amendment rights.


    The Monitoring Team answers your questions, where possible, by directly referencing the Modified Kendrick Decree and other court filings. Accordingly, this FAQ Page gives a general overview but does not provide all of the details of the 1978 Kendrick Consent Decree or the Modified Kendrick Decree.


    The Monitoring Team encourages readers to go to the original documents for further detail. The 1978 Kendrick Consent Decree and the Modified Kendrick Decree can be found on this website.


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