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Case Name Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles CJ-CA-0018
Docket / Court 2:16-cv-07932-VBF-RAO ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Attorney Organization ACLU of Southern California
Case Summary
On October 25, 2016, Youth Justice Coalition and two Los Angeles men filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the City of Los Angeles (the City), the City Attorney, and the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. The ... read more >
On October 25, 2016, Youth Justice Coalition and two Los Angeles men filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs sued the City of Los Angeles (the City), the City Attorney, and the Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. The plaintiffs asked the court for temporary and permanent injunctions on enforcement of "gang injunctions"; a declaration that these actions, policies, and practices violated the United States and California constitutions; class certification; and attorney fees. The plaintiffs claimed that the City had violated the two individual plaintiffs' due process through its practice of granting "gang injunctions" against individuals and unincorporated associations. The plaintiffs argued that these actions had hurt the individuals by violating their due process rights and limiting their mobility, and had harmed the Youth Justice Coalition by taking away valuable and limited resources from its mission in order to defend these individuals' rights.

Specifically, the plaintiffs brought this case over the City's "unconstitutional enforcement of restrictive 'gang injunctions.'" The complaint detailed a practice whereby the LAPD and the City Attorney named gangs as defendants in cases. As unincorporated associations, these gangs would fail to appear in court, enabling the court to pass judgements against these gangs in default. The City would then serve suspected members of gangs with 'gang injunctions' prohibiting them from activities like wearing certain clothing, appearing in public with friends and family, or working next to other members of the community. Violations of these injunctions could result in six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. The two individual plaintiffs had both been subject to these gang injunctions, and as a result had been forced to limit their daily actions within their community. One feared going out in public with his father and another chose to stop taking union jobs in a certain neighborhood for fear of being stopped by the police.

On December 15, 2016, Judge Fairbank granted a joint stipulation dropping the two named defendants. The parties had agreed that in exchange for dropping the named defendants the City defendant would agree not to file a motion to dismiss the plaintiff's complaint on any grounds.

On January 27, 2016, Judge Fairbank granted a stipulation to stay the case pending settlement discussions. She ordered the parties to file a status report on Friday, March 17, 2017 if they had not yet informed the court of a settlement agreement by that date.

Gabriela Hybel - 01/30/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Male
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Courts
Disparate Treatment
Over/Unlawful Detention
Quality of representation
Racial profiling
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
State law
Defendant(s) City of Los Angeles
Plaintiff Description Two men subject to City of Los Angeles "gang injunctions," and the Youth Justice Coalition.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU of Southern California
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
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Philadelphia Forfeiture
http://ij.org/case/philadelphia-forfeiture/
Date: Aug. 11, 2014
By: Institute for Justice (Institute for Justice)
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Docket(s)
2:16-cv-07932-VBF-RAO (C.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/03/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 2]
CJ-CA-0018-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/25/2016
Source: ACLU
Order Dismissing Complaint Without Prejudice as to Defendants Beck and Feuer Pursuant to Joint Stipulation of All Named Parties [ECF# 37] (C.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0018-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/15/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 69] (C.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0018-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/27/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Fairbank, Valerie Baker (C.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0018-0002 | CJ-CA-0018-0003 | CJ-CA-0018-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bibring, Peter (California)
CJ-CA-0018-9000
Green, Joshua D. (California)
CJ-CA-0018-0001 | CJ-CA-0018-9000
Iguina, Carmen G. (California)
CJ-CA-0018-9000
Jhai, Maria (California)
CJ-CA-0018-0001 | CJ-CA-0018-9000
Kreilkamp, Jacob S. (California)
CJ-CA-0018-0001 | CJ-CA-0018-9000
Mandhania, Ankur (California)
CJ-CA-0018-0001 | CJ-CA-0018-9000
Ochoa, Melanie Rose Penny (California)
CJ-CA-0018-9000
Sargent, Amelia L. B. (California)
CJ-CA-0018-0001
Smolowe, Laura Danielle (California)
CJ-CA-0018-0001 | CJ-CA-0018-9000
Wagner, Catherine A. (California)
CJ-CA-0018-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Ursea, Agnes Patricia (California)
CJ-CA-0018-9000

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