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Case Name Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles v. City of Los Angeles PN-CA-0042
Docket / Court 2:20-cv-05027 ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Case Summary
On June 5th, 2020, Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles (BLMLA) filed this class action law suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Consuelo B. Marshall was assigned to the case. The case arose out of the nationwide protests following the police killing of George ... read more >
On June 5th, 2020, Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles (BLMLA) filed this class action law suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Consuelo B. Marshall was assigned to the case. The case arose out of the nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. The complaint alleged that, over the course of a week, the LAPD arrested approximately 2,600 people who were engaged in lawful protest.

Specifically, the complaint alleged that the LAPD violated the First Amendment's guarantee of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom of association.The complaint also made a Fourth Amendment allegation based on excessive force, namely use of batons and rubber bullets. And a due process allegation claimed that the police failed to respect the protesters' liberty interest when it held them for many hours, rather than citing and releasing them, as required by state law.

In addition, plaintiffs claimed that the LAPD violated the terms of a settlement agreement struck in 2000 that required the LAPD Incident Commander to make an evaluation as to the feasibility of isolating and arresting protesters behaving unlawfully before the LAPD arrested anyone at all. Second, plaintiffs alleged that the LAPD was in violation of a 2007 settlement agreement which dictated that the LAPD must facilitate protests and issue instructions via a loud speaker in the event that a protest blocks traffic, rather than attempt to disrupt the protest.

On June 21st, plaintiffs submitted an amended complaint and a first corrected amended complaint. The new complaint added several plaintiffs to the lawsuit (and eliminated one). More importantly, however, it divided the claims for relief by different classes. The first claim for relief was for injunctive relief under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and California state law to prohibit the LAPD from violating plaintiffs' First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights to protest. The second claim established an Arrest Class, composed of those protesters who were arrested in what plaintiffs called a violation of their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The third claim established a Direct Force Class, composed of individuals who had been shot with rubber bullets or hit with batons. Plaintiffs said this constituted violations of their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The fourth claim established an Infraction Class, made up of people who had been "charged with infractions, arrested and taken into custody and not released into the field" in a way plaintiffs said violated their Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

On June 24th, the plaintiffs submitted an ex parte proposed emergency restraining order. In support of that motion, they submitted declarations by several of the plaintiffs which corroborated the allegations made in the complaint. Six days later, defendants issued a response to that motion, arguing that plaintiffs did not meet their burden for getting a temporary restraining order (TRO). Defendants claimed that the plaintiffs were unlikely to succeed on the merits, that they did not demonstrate that they would suffer irreparable harm absent the TRO, and that the balance of equities was not in their favor. On July 14, the court denied the TRO on the grounds that the plaintiffs had not showed that they would suffer irreparable harm without it. The court did not foreclose the opportunity of a preliminary injunction, however.

The case is ongoing as of July 20, 2020.

Jack Hibbard - 06/15/2020
Jack Hibbard - 07/20/2020


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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
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Aggressive behavior
Excessive force
Over/Unlawful Detention
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
State law
Defendant(s) City of Los Angeles
LAPD Police Chief
Plaintiff Description Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles activists and the class of protesters arrested by LAPD during the protests against 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 06/05/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing PN-CA-0044 : Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles v. Garcetti (C.D. Cal.)
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Docket(s)
2:20-cv-05027 (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0042-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/14/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint: Class Action Injunctive Relief and Damages [ECF# 1]
PN-CA-0042-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/05/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint: Class Action; Injunctive Relief and Damages [ECF# 9]
PN-CA-0042-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/21/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appendix of Evidence Volume I of II In Support of Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 15]
PN-CA-0042-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appendix of Evidence Volume II of II in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (Part 1/5) [ECF# 15-1]
PN-CA-0042-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appendix of Evidence Volume II of II in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (Part 2/5) [ECF# 15-1]
PN-CA-0042-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appendix of Evidence Volume II of II in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (Part 3/5) [ECF# 15-1]
PN-CA-0042-0006.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appendix of Evidence Volume II of II in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (Part 4/5) [ECF# 15-1]
PN-CA-0042-0007.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/24/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Appendix of Evidence Volume II of II in Support of Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (Part 5/5) [ECF# 15-1]
PN-CA-0042-0008.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/25/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Re: Notice of Ex Parte Application for Temporary Restraining Order and Motion for Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 28] (C.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0042-0009.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/14/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Marshall, Consuelo Bland (C.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
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