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Case Name Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump PN-DC-0014
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-01469 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Litigation Against Federal Police (2020)
Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Washington Lawyers' Committee
Case Summary
This lawsuit was filed on June 4, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C., in response to President Trump's use of military police to disperse peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park on June 1st, 2020. Protesters had gathered as part of the nationwide outcry following the ... read more >
This lawsuit was filed on June 4, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C., in response to President Trump's use of military police to disperse peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park on June 1st, 2020. Protesters had gathered as part of the nationwide outcry following the police killing of George Floyd. Around 6:30 in the evening, military and federal police forces used chemical weapons to disperse the protesters. This was in order to clear the path for President Trump to walk to St. John's Church for a photo-op.

Plaintiffs were Black Lives Matter - D.C. and several individual protesters. They were represented by attorneys from Washington Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, ACLU D.C., and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law. Applications from attorneys from Arnold and Porter were pending as of June 22, 2020. The complaint alleged violations of the First Amendment, Fourth Amendment, 42 U.S.C. 1985(3) (conspiracy to deprive rights) and 42 U.S.C. 1986 (failure to prevent conspiracy to deprive rights). Plaintiffs sought declaratory, injunctive, and monetary relief, as well as attorney's fees.

On June 9, 2020, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint that sought class certification, added Lia Poteet as a plaintiff, and added General William J. Walke (Commanding General of the D.C. National Guard) and Michael Carvajal (Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons) as defendants. The amended complaint sought to create two types of class representatives: 1) personal injury representatives; and 2) injunctive relief representatives. On July 8 the plaintiffs submitted a motion requesting leave to file a second amended complaint. However, as of August 4 that second amended complaint has not been filed.

The case is ongoing as of August 4, 2020.

Jack Hibbard - 06/22/2020
Jack Hibbard - 07/20/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
Pepper/OC spray
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1985
Defendant(s) Acting Chief of U.S. Park Police
Attorney General William Barr
Chief of Staff James McConville
Director James Murray
Mark Esper
President Donald Trump
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are participants in the Washington D.C. protest in Lafayette Square Park on June 1st, 2020. They sought class certification, but that has not been granted as of this writing (June 22, 2020).
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Washington Lawyers' Committee
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 06/04/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing PN-DC-0015 : Buchanan v. Trump (D.D.C.)
Docket(s)
1:20-cv-01469-DLF (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0014-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-DC-0014-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/04/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Class Action Complaint [ECF# 11]
PN-DC-0014-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/09/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Ago, Arthur (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Baron, Noah (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Kouba, David E (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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