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Case Name Angel Perez v. City of Chicago PN-IL-0015
Docket / Court 13-cv-4531 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Case Summary
On June 20, 2013, a man who had been arrested and detained in Chicago’s Homan Square detention center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued the City of Chicago and Chicago police officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The ... read more >
On June 20, 2013, a man who had been arrested and detained in Chicago’s Homan Square detention center filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff sued the City of Chicago and Chicago police officers under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiff, represented by a private firm, asked the court for compensatory and punitive damages. The plaintiff claimed that the City of Chicago and the individual police officers violated his Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. Specifically, the plaintiff claimed that he had been subjected to secret arrest and excessive force, tortured, sodomized, and prevented from calling an attorney.

On October 5, 2015, the plaintiff filed a second amended complaint that included additional plaintiffs and a class action lawsuit. The plaintiffs now ask for injunctive and declaratory relief as well as monetary damages. The plaintiffs make the same claims: that the city of Chicago and the Chicago police department violated their Fourth and Fourteenth amendment rights by subjecting them to excessive force and secret arrests, without making a public record of their arrest or allowing them to contact an attorney.

On January 16, 2016, Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland granted the discovery motion from the plaintiffs to inspect the Homan Square facilities where the detainees were kept. This area includes detainee cells, bathrooms, bullpen holding cells and interview/interrogation rooms. The plaintiff is also permitted to perform testing in these areas on suspected blood and human excrement.

The defendants filed a motion to dismiss on December 18, 2015, on the basis that two of the plaintiffs were time-barred and another plaintiff failed to state a claim on which relief can be granted. On February 15, 2016, the intervenor plaintiff from Mann v. Ramaglia filed a motion to consolidate his case with this one. On March 24, 2016, Judge Mary M. Rowland granted part and denied part of the motion. She directed that pre-trial proceedings be coordinated in this case and Mann v. Ramaglia under her supervision. Moreover Judge Rowland will determine the scope of discovery coordination and in her discretion may proceed discovery as to certain matters in the two cases to proceed on separate tracks.

As of April 3, 2016, this case was ongoing.

Kat Brausch - 04/03/2016

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Constitutional Clause
Cruel and Unusual Punishment
Due Process
Excessive force
Over/Unlawful Detention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) City of Chicago
Plaintiff Description People who were secretly detained by the Chicago Police Department at the police warehouse at Homan Square
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
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
Case Listing PN-IL-0012 : Mann v. Ramaglia (N.D. Ill.)
Additional Resources
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Links New York City to Pay Up to $75 Million Over Dismissed Summonses
New York Times
Written: Jan. 23, 2017
By: Benjamin Weiser (New York Times)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Panopticism for Police: Structural Reform Bargaining and Police Regulation by Data-Driven Surveillance
By: Mary D. Fan (University of Washington)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

1:13−cv−04531 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/26/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
PN-IL-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/20/2013
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Second Amended Complaint
PN-IL-0015-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/05/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Motion for Intervention, Reassignment or Consolidation of Related Cases
PN-IL-0015-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/15/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Brown, Geraldine Soat (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
Dow, Robert Michael Jr. (N.D. Ill.)
Rowland, Mary M. Court not on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alyea, Michelle A. (Illinois)
Brigham, Phillip Aaron (Illinois)
Combs, Cathleen M. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0015-0002 | PN-IL-0015-9000
DeCaro, Dennis J. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0015-0001 | PN-IL-0015-9000
Edelman, Daniel A. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0015-0002 | PN-IL-0015-9000
Epstein, Jason R. (Illinois)
Erickson, Jon F. (Illinois)
Gelsomino, Sarah Jeanette (Illinois)
Kamin, Scott T. (Illinois)
Latturner, James O. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0015-0002 | PN-IL-0015-9000
Maisuria, Ronak P. (Illinois)
Miller, Cassandra P. (Illinois)
PN-IL-0015-0002 | PN-IL-0015-9000
Ohri, Shubra (Illinois)
Oppenheimer, Michael D. (Illinois)
Taylor, G. Flint (Illinois)
Taylor, Flint Jr (Illinois)
Defendant's Lawyers Cazares, Jorge V. (Illinois)
Cifonelli, Jonathan Booker (Illinois)
Dixon, Matthew P. (Illinois)
Doi, Kathryn M. (Illinois)
Gowin, Lindsay Wilson (Illinois)
Jones, Walter Jr. (Illinois)
Marx, Jason Michael (Illinois)
Shoffner, Robin Denise (Illinois)
Steiner, Rachel C. (Illinois)
Other Lawyers None on record

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