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Case Name Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County v. City of Seattle PN-WA-0005
Docket / Court 2:20-cv-00887 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On June 9, 2020, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County brought this lawsuit against the City of Seattle in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Plaintiffs ... read more >
On June 9, 2020, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County brought this lawsuit against the City of Seattle in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Plaintiffs alleged that the Seattle police violated the First and Fourth Amendment and brought this suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The First Amendment claim alleged that the Seattle police unlawfully infringed on their right to free assembly. The Fourth Amendment allegation claimed that the SPD used excessive force in the absence of an immediate safety threat. Plaintiffs sought a temporary restraining order, a preliminary, and a permanent injunction prohibiting the SPD from using "less-lethal" weapons or suppressing protests. They also sought declaratory relief and monetary compensation to cover the costs of the suit and attorney's fees.

Three days later, Judge Richard A. Jones partially granted a temporary restraining order against the Seattle Police Department, enjoining them from using projectiles and chemical irritants against peaceful protesters. Five days after that, on the June 17, the court reaffirmed the TRO after a hearing at which parties voluntarily stipulated to the terms of the new order. The new order was substantively similar to the previous one, and was set to last until September 30, 2020.

By July 30, the plaintiffs submitted a motion for an order to show cause as to why the defendants should not be held in contempt for violating the preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs claimed that the SPD violated this injunction by targeting protesters, journalists, legal observers, and even medics after the preliminary injunction was issued forbidding such conduct. The next day the court set a hearing for August 26, 2020.

The case is ongoing as of August 6, 2020.

Jack Hibbard - 06/15/2020
Jack Hibbard - 08/06/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Aggressive behavior
Excessive force
Over/Unlawful Detention
Pattern or Practice
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Defendant(s) City of Seattle
Plaintiff Description Black Lives Matter - Seattle and those who participated in the Seattle protests following the killing of George Floyd.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
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 Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Source of Relief Litigation
Filed 06/09/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
2:20-cv-00887 (W.D. Wash.)
PN-WA-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/10/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-WA-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/09/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
The City of Seattle's Response to Plaintiffs' Motion for Entry of a Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 29]
PN-WA-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/11/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting in Part Motion for Temporary Restraining Order [ECF# 34] (2020 WL 3128299) (W.D. Wash.)
PN-WA-0005-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 06/12/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulated Order Entering a Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 42] (W.D. Wash.)
PN-WA-0005-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/17/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion For Order to Show Cause Why City of Seattle Should Not Be Held in Contempt for Violating the Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 51]
PN-WA-0005-0005.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/27/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Jones, Richard A. (W.D. Wash.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Arora, Nitika (Washington) show/hide docs
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Chang, Robert S. (Washington) show/hide docs
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Garden, Charlotte (Washington) show/hide docs
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Gilbert, Carolyn S (Washington) show/hide docs
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Christie, Robert Leslie (Washington) show/hide docs
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Coluccio, Megan Maria (Washington) show/hide docs
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Miller, Thomas P (Washington) show/hide docs
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