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Case Name Brown v. Ramsay IM-FL-0028
Docket / Court 4:18-cv-10279 ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Criminal Justice (Other)
Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Southern Poverty Law Center
Case Summary
On December 3, 2018, a U.S. citizen detainee filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to challenge his unlawful arrest and detention by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The plaintiff alleged that the Sheriff's Office carelessly and aggressively arrested ... read more >
On December 3, 2018, a U.S. citizen detainee filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to challenge his unlawful arrest and detention by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The plaintiff alleged that the Sheriff's Office carelessly and aggressively arrested him for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under a Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) between the two agencies, in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights and his right to be free from false imprisonment under Florida law. The BOA scheme, which provides the Sheriff with $50 per arrest, is an attempt to put a new gloss on local arrests for ICE. The plaintiff claimed that despite his repeated protests to multiple jail officers and his offer to produce proof of his U.S. citizenship, the Sheriff’s Office held him so that ICE could deport him to Jamaica. The plaintiff sought declaratory and compensatory damages, as well as attorney’s fees.

On February 11, 2019, Judge Williams set a jury trial on February 3, 2020 and a mediator was appointed on March 14, 2019. A mediation has been scheduled to take place on August 21, 2019.

Sichun Liu - 04/11/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Corrections
General
False arrest
Over/Unlawful Detention
Placement in detention facilities
Immigration/Border
Constitutional rights
Detention - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Monroe County Detention Center
Plaintiff Description A U.S. citizen detainee
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Southern Poverty Law Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
4:18-cv-10279 (S.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0028-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/04/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-FL-0028-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/03/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Abudu, Nancy G (Florida) show/hide docs
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Amdur, Spencer (New York) show/hide docs
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Garbow, Avi Samuel (- United States (national) -) show/hide docs
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Gelernt, Lee (New York) show/hide docs
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Jadwat, Omar C. (New York) show/hide docs
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Kacou, Amien (Florida) show/hide docs
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Kim, Jason S (California) show/hide docs
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Lopez, Viviana Teresa Bonilla (Florida) show/hide docs
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Rich, Sara M (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Richardson, Heather L. (California) show/hide docs
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Soleimani, Jonathan N. (California) show/hide docs
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Wofsy, Cody H. (California) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Jolly, Bruce (Florida) show/hide docs
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