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Case Name Pitts v. District of Columbia PN-DC-0010
Docket / Court 1:14-cv-01319 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization Equal Justice Under Law
Case Summary
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Mobility impairment
Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)
Race discrimination
Aggressive behavior
Assault/abuse by staff
Excessive force
Incident/accident reporting & investigations
Pattern or Practice
Racial profiling
Search policies
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Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) The District of Columbia
Plaintiff Description 56-year-old disabled African-American woman living in DC and her son, a 37-year-old man, who lives with her.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Equal Justice Under Law
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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)
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  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).
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  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)
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1:14-cv-01319-TSC (D.D.C.) 02/04/2015
PN-DC-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 08/04/2014
PN-DC-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [Granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss in Part] 03/31/2016 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion [Granting Defendants' Motion to Dismiss in Part] 03/31/2016 (2016 WL 1301046 / 2016 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 43460) (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0010-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Chutkan, Tanya Sue (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0010-0002 | PN-DC-0010-0003 | PN-DC-0010-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Karakatsanis, Alec (District of Columbia)
PN-DC-0010-0001 | PN-DC-0010-9000
Telfeyan, Phil (District of Columbia)
Defendant's Lawyers Finkhousen, Aaron J. (District of Columbia)
Gonzalez, Joseph A. (District of Columbia)
Other Lawyers None on record

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