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Case Name Carraway v. Doe PN-DC-0012
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00137 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
Case Summary
On January 20, 2017, an individual who participated in protests in Washington D.C. during Donald Trump's inauguration filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued John Doe D.C. Metropolitan Police Officers, John Doe U.S. Park Police Officers, and ... read more >
On January 20, 2017, an individual who participated in protests in Washington D.C. during Donald Trump's inauguration filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued John Doe D.C. Metropolitan Police Officers, John Doe U.S. Park Police Officers, and the Interim Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department. All defendants are being sued in their individual capacities. The plaintiff filed suit on his own behalf and on behalf of a putative class, described as individuals who were subjected to the same police action as the plaintiff. Represented by private counsel, plaintiff sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and Bivens, claiming violations of the class-members Fourth Amendment protections from false arrest and excessive force.

The plaintiff asked the court for declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and monetary relief. Specifically, the plaintiff asked the court to declare defendants' conduct unlawful, order the expungement of class-members' arrest records, and for compensatory and punitive damages.

The plaintiff alleged that defendants used a "kettle" tactic to confine the plaintiffs, and then utilized chemical irritants, flash-bang grenades, and batons to attack the plaintiffs. The plaintiffs alleged that defendants then arrested class-members without probable cause to do so.

On April 18, 2017, the plaintiff filed a motion to stay the suit while the plaintiff faced criminal charges relating to the incident in the District of Columbia Superior Court. On April 24, 2017, the court (Judge Richard J. Leon) granted plaintiff's motion to stay.

On June 12, 2017, the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case.

Micah Telegen - 02/10/2017
Sean Mulloy - 11/06/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
False arrest
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Bivens
Defendant(s) D.C. Metropolitan Police
Unidentified U.S. Park Police Officers
Plaintiff Description A private citizen who participated in Washington D.C. protests of Donald Trump's Inauguration
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  New York City to Pay Up to $75 Million Over Dismissed Summonses
New York Times
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
By: Benjamin Weiser (New York Times)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Bravo v. Board of Commissioners of Dona Ana County
http://www.bazelon.org/
Date: 2017
By: The Bazelon Center (The Bazelon Center)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:17−cv−00137−RJL (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-DC-0012-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/20/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Voluntary Dismissal Without Prejudice [ECF# 5]
PN-DC-0012-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/12/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Leon, Richard J. (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0012-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Light, Jeffrey Louis (District of Columbia)
PN-DC-0012-0001 | PN-DC-0012-0002 | PN-DC-0012-9000

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