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Case Name Kronen v. NYC PN-NY-0027
Docket / Court 1:06-cv-01705 ( S.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
On March 3rd, 2006, two New York City public high school teachers filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court Southern District of New York against the City of New York and the New York Police Department, alleging violations of the United States and New York state constitutions and common ... read more >
On March 3rd, 2006, two New York City public high school teachers filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court Southern District of New York against the City of New York and the New York Police Department, alleging violations of the United States and New York state constitutions and common law torts. The plaintiff, represented by the New York ACLU and private attorneys, asked for declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as monetary damages.

Specifically, the plaintiffs they were arrested after police officers were called to the high school due to a student fight. The plaintiffs were then taken to the local police station where they remained for over two hours before being released. Though the plaintiffs were charged with disorderly conduct, those charges were dismissed at the initial court hearing. After the hearing, plaintiffs received a threatening letter, allegedly from members of the police department, warning them to leave town. Plaintiffs turned the letter over to the police, who allegedly ignored the threat and the initial wrongful arrests.

On March 13th, 2007, the District Court (Judge Denny Chin) entered a Stipulation and Order of Settlement and Dismissal. The plaintiffs received $60,002.00 in damages in exchange for dropping their suit and releasing the defendants from all liability, and the defendants did not admit any violations, liability, or fault.

James Herr - 03/10/2014


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Aggressive behavior
False arrest
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
State law
Defendant(s) City of New York
Plaintiff Description Two New York high school teachers were arrested and handcuffed in front of students by NYPD officers, allegedly without cause, and that an NYPD officer sent them a threatening letter to intimidate them from further action.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Order Duration 2007 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Federal Enforcement of Police Reform
By: Stephen Rushin (University of Illinois College of Law, University of California, Berkeley - Jurisprudence and Social Policy Program )
Citation: 82 Fordham Law Review 3189 (2014)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
Citation: Forthcoming, 87 Washington L. Rev. __ (2012).
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  What Happens When Police Are Forced to Reform?
Written: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Kimbriell Kelly, Sarah Childress and Steven Rich (Frontline/Post)
Citation: Washington Post (Nov. 13, 2015)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:06-cv-01705 (S.D.N.Y.) 03/13/2007
PN-NY-0027-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 03/03/2006
PN-NY-0027-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint 08/18/2006
PN-NY-0027-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order of Settlement 03/13/2007 (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0027-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Chin, Denny (Second Circuit, S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0027-0001 | PN-NY-0027-0002 | PN-NY-0027-0003 | PN-NY-0027-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Eisenberg, Arthur (New York)
PN-NY-0027-0001 | PN-NY-0027-0002 | PN-NY-0027-9000
Hung, Palyn (New York)
PN-NY-0027-0001 | PN-NY-0027-0002 | PN-NY-0027-9000
Kerr, Charles Latham (New York)
PN-NY-0027-0001 | PN-NY-0027-0002 | PN-NY-0027-0003 | PN-NY-0027-9000
Smithline, Ruti (New York)
PN-NY-0027-0001 | PN-NY-0027-0002 | PN-NY-0027-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Larkin, Arthur G. III (New York)
PN-NY-0027-0001 | PN-NY-0027-0002 | PN-NY-0027-0003 | PN-NY-0027-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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