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Case Name Anderson v. City of Atlanta PN-GA-0006
Docket / Court 1:11-CV-3398 ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Policing
Attorney Organization Southern Center for Human Rights
Case Summary
On October 6, 2011, the plaintiff filed this individual lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued a police officer and the City of Atlanta under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of her First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The ... read more >
On October 6, 2011, the plaintiff filed this individual lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued a police officer and the City of Atlanta under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of her First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiff, represented by a combination of private and public interest attorneys, sought monetary damages and injunctive relief to redress her claims. The case was assigned to Judge Steve C. Jones.

Specifically, the plaintiff argued that the defendant Officer violated her First Amendment rights when he and other officers employed by the City of Atlanta told her and then forced her to stop recording their behavior around the area she lived. The plaintiff further alleged that the defendant officer, along with the other officers employed by the City of Atlanta, also violated her Fourth Amendment rights when they took her camera and refused to give it back without a warrant. The plaintiff last contended that the defendants violated her Fourth Amendment when they arrested her and charged her with crimes.

Within the month of filing, the parties were engaged in settlement negotiations, and on March 12, 2012, the court signed an order granting the motion for settlement. The settlement terms required the defendant City of Atlanta to pay the plaintiff $50,000 and implement revisions to the Atlanta Police Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Finally, the Defendant City of Atlanta was required to conduct mandatory in-person training of all police officers every two years under the settlement.

Raul Noguera-McElroy - 04/12/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Develop anti-discrimination policy
Training
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
Discrimination-basis
Race discrimination
General
Aggressive behavior
Assault/abuse by staff
Excessive force
False arrest
Over/Unlawful Detention
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Race
Black
Special Case Type
Criminal
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) City of Atlanta
Plaintiff Description Private individual who was arrested for filming police officers while they were assaulting a man.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Southern Center for Human Rights
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
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
Filing Year 2011
Case Closing Year 2012
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:11-CV-3398 (N.D. Ga.)
PN-GA-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/17/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-GA-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/06/2011
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order [ECF# 16] (2012 WL 5467689) (N.D. Ga.)
PN-GA-0006-0002.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 03/22/2012
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Jones, Steve CarMichael (N.D. Ga.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Grossman, Daniel J. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Wan, Albert (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Weber, Gerald R. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Baines, Tamara Nikki (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Godfrey, Robert N. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Hoffler, Veronica L. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Shahar, Robin Joy (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Terry, LaShawn W. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Wyatt-Bullman, Alisha Irene (Georgia) show/hide docs
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