University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
view search results
page permalink
Case Name Williams v. Minneapolis PN-MN-0006
Docket / Court 0:20-cv-1303 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Post-WalMart decisions on class certification
Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Case Summary
This class-action lawsuit was brought on June 2, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit arose out of the protests that engulfed the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Defendants in this case are the City of Minneapolis and John Does ... read more >
This class-action lawsuit was brought on June 2, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The suit arose out of the protests that engulfed the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Defendants in this case are the City of Minneapolis and John Does 1-100, one of whom was a police officer who sprayed pepper spray on the plaintiff. The complaint alleges that Minneapolis law enforcement used tactics during these protests which constituted violations of the First and Fourteenth Amendments, and that the city's failure to keep police in line also violated the Constitution. Specifically, the complaint cited 42 U.S.C. Section 1983, claiming that the police used excessive force and retaliation against protesters in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, and that attacks on the protesters were violations of free speech and free assembly under the First Amendment. It sought at least $50,000 in monetary damages plus interest, a temporary restraining order, a permanent injunction, and attorney's fees and costs of the suit.

On June 3, 2020, the case was assigned to Judge David S. Doty and referred to Magistrate Judge Becky R. Thorson. The case is ongoing as of August 4, 2020.

Jack Hibbard - 06/23/2020
Jack Hibbard - 08/04/2020


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Over/Unlawful Detention
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) City of Minneapolis
Plaintiff Description Plaintiff was a woman protesting the killing of George Floyd
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 06/02/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing PN-MN-0005 : Goyette v. Minneapolis (D. Minn.)
Docket(s)
0:20-cv-01303-DSD-BRT (D. Minn.)
PN-MN-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/03/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-MN-0006-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
show all people docs
Judges Doty, David Singleton (D. Minn.) show/hide docs
PN-MN-0006-9000
Thorson, Becky R. Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
PN-MN-0006-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Madgett, David S (Minnesota) show/hide docs
PN-MN-0006-0001 | PN-MN-0006-9000

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
view search results
page permalink

- top of page -