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Case Name Furlow v. Belmar PN-MO-0007
Docket / Court 4:16-cv-00254 ( E.D. Mo. )
State/Territory Missouri
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization Center for Constitutional Rights
Case Summary
On February 2nd, 2016, a class of St. Louis County residents, primarily impoverished and African-American, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, ... read more >
On February 2nd, 2016, a class of St. Louis County residents, primarily impoverished and African-American, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming violations of their First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth amendments. The plaintiffs, represented by attorneys from the ArchCity Defenders and the Center for Constitutional Rights, asked the court for injunctive relief and monetary damages.

The plaintiffs claimed that St. Louis County Police maintain a practice of issuing arrest warrants excessively and without judicial oversight. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that police officers issue arrest warrants, referred to as “Wanteds,” without seeking any judicial determination on probable cause. The “Wanteds” are visible to law enforcement throughout the state and beyond, and remain active indefinitely.

This case is currently ongoing under Judge Carol E. Jackson.

Michael Abrams - 10/06/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Disparate Impact
False arrest
Over/Unlawful Detention
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) St. Louis County
Plaintiff Description A class of St. Louis County residents, primarily impoverished and African-American, who have been affected by arrest warrants issued by police without probable cause or judicial oversight.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Center for Constitutional Rights
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party Unknown
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)
[ 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)
4:16−cv−00254−CEJ (E.D. Mo.) 09/15/2016
PN-MO-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint 02/24/2016
PN-MO-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Class Action Complaint 07/08/2016
PN-MO-0007-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
Judges Jackson, Carol E. (E.D. Mo.) [Magistrate]
PN-MO-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Azmy, Baher (New York)
PN-MO-0007-0001 | PN-MO-0007-0002
Carroll, Nathaniel R. (Missouri)
PN-MO-0007-0001 | PN-MO-0007-0002 | PN-MO-0007-9000
Charney, Darius (New York)
PN-MO-0007-0001 | PN-MO-0007-0002 | PN-MO-0007-9000
Farah, Omar (New York)
PN-MO-0007-0001 | PN-MO-0007-0002 | PN-MO-0007-9000
Hall, Edward James (Missouri)
PN-MO-0007-0001 | PN-MO-0007-0002 | PN-MO-0007-9000
Harvey, Thomas B. (Missouri)
PN-MO-0007-0001 | PN-MO-0007-0002
Strode, Blake Alexander (Missouri)
PN-MO-0007-0001 | PN-MO-0007-0002 | PN-MO-0007-9000
Voss, Michael-John (Missouri)
PN-MO-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Hughes, Michael E. (Missouri)
PN-MO-0007-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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