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Case Name Henderson v. Gromek PN-PA-0016
Docket / Court 2:13-cv-01645 ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On November 19, 2013, an African-American school teacher filed this lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff sued under the Declaratory Judgment Act against a Pittsburgh police officer on the grounds of an unlawful arrest and detainment of the ... read more >
On November 19, 2013, an African-American school teacher filed this lawsuit in the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff sued under the Declaratory Judgment Act against a Pittsburgh police officer on the grounds of an unlawful arrest and detainment of the plaintiff. The plaintiff, represented by the ACLU, asked for compensatory and punitive damages, alleging that the officer violated his First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment Rights when the officer detained the plaintiff for 12 hours and pursued false charges against the plaintiff because the plaintiff criticized the officer's unsafe driving. In addition, the plaintiff alleged that the officer violated his First Amendment right to be from retaliation of expressive conduct when the officer placed the plaintiff and another observer in handcuffs when they attempted to record the interaction with the officer.

The charges that were brought against the plaintiff were dropped and the city of Pittsburgh reached a settlement, acknowledging the improper actions of the officer. According to the ACLU, the settlement included the police acknowledging the public's right to video tape police officers, regular meetings between police and members of the community, and damages awarded to the plaintiff in the amount of $52,500.

Daniel Fryer - 11/04/2015


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Provide antidiscrimination training
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Aggressive behavior
Excessive force
Over/Unlawful Detention
Restraints : physical
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Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Jonathan Gromek
Plaintiff Description African-American teacher falsely arrested and detained
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2014
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)
2:13-cv-01645 (W.D. Pa.) 11/19/2014
PN-PA-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 11/19/2013
PN-PA-0016-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Referring Case to Alternative Dispute Resolution 03/13/2014 (W.D. Pa.)
PN-PA-0016-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order for Statistical Closing 11/19/2014 (W.D. Pa.)
PN-PA-0016-0003.pdf | Detail
Judges Mitchell, Robert C. (W.D. Pa.) [Magistrate]
PN-PA-0016-0002 | PN-PA-0016-0003 | PN-PA-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Downey, Glen (Pennsylvania)
PN-PA-0016-0001 | PN-PA-0016-9000
Love, James H. (Pennsylvania)
PN-PA-0016-0001 | PN-PA-0016-9000
Rose, Sara (Pennsylvania)
PN-PA-0016-0001 | PN-PA-0016-9000
Walczak, Witold J. (Pennsylvania)
PN-PA-0016-0001 | PN-PA-0016-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Campbell, Bryan (Pennsylvania)
PN-PA-0016-9000
Genard, Allison N. (Pennsylvania)
PN-PA-0016-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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