On October 13, 2011, eight students (including minors) of Hoover High School (HHS), filed a class-action lawsuit in the Central District of California under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and the California Constitution against the cities of Glendale and Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles. The plaintiffs, ...
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On October 13, 2011, eight students (including minors) of Hoover High School (HHS), filed a class-action lawsuit in the Central District of California under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and the California Constitution against the cities of Glendale and Los Angeles and the County of Los Angeles. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU of Southern California, asked the court for injunctive and monetary relief, claiming discrimination, unlawful search and seizure, and conspiracy to violate civil rights.
Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that on Friday, September 24, 2010, administrators at Hoover High School and officers from the Glendale Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Probation Department interrogated, photographed, and collected personal information from approximately 56 students, all of whom were Latino although the school is only 25 percent Latino.
As the students went to the tables where they normally eat lunch, Hoover administrators ordered them into nearby classrooms, where multiple armed and uniformed police officers were waiting for them. The students were detained for between 30 and 90 minutes, during which time they were told that they were on a "gang list" and the officers searched some students and their belongings. They were allowed to leave only after they had submitted to interrogation about their personal information and activities and were forced to pose for mock "mug shots." The school officials and police had no evidence that the students were doing anything illegal or breaking school rules at the time they conducted the roundup. (www.aclusocal.org/kl)
On September 21, 2012, plaintiffs settled with the City of Glendale. On October 19, the County of Los Angeles answered the amended complaint. Subsequent negotiations resulted in an additional settlement, and in September 2013, pursuant to the settlement agreement, the case was voluntarily dismissed against the remaining defendants.
Under the settlements, joint operations between the school officials and police must be approved by the superintendent, except in emergencies. Glendale Unified School District clarified that its policies governing teachers' and administrators' interactions with police, including the requirement that parents be notified when students are interrogated by police, apply both to officers entering from off-campus and those permanently assigned to schools. The Glendale Police Department agreed to train all of its officers on department policies related to interactions with students on campus and to revise its policies regarding racial profiling. Both agencies also agreed to allow independent verification that all information collected during the incident has been destroyed. The agencies also paid monetary damages and attorney's fees. Nadji Allan - 12/02/2014