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Case Name Buchanan v. Trump PN-DC-0015
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-01542 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Case Summary
This lawsuit was brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 11, 2020. The suit was in response to President Trump's June 1, 2020, decision to use chemical weapons against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park, protesting the police killing of George Floyd. In ... read more >
This lawsuit was brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 11, 2020. The suit was in response to President Trump's June 1, 2020, decision to use chemical weapons against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park, protesting the police killing of George Floyd. In order to clear the path for President Trump to walk to St. John's Church, the military and military police used tear gas, pepper balls, pepper spray, and other weapons to disperse the peaceful protesters.

Plaintiffs were three protesters in Lafayette Square on June 1st, 2020. They were represented by attorneys from Gibson and Dunn. Defendants were President Trump, Attorney General Barr, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and various other leaders of federal agencies allegedly involved in the attack.

Plaintiffs argued that the President's actions constituted a violation of the First Amendment in that it was retaliation for expressive conduct, a violation of their peaceful assembly rights, restriction to a traditional public forum, and viewpoint discrimination. They alleged that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated because the attack represented an illegal seizure. They also said their Fifth Amendment rights were violated in that the attack constituted excessive force violative of Due Process. They also included a Bivens claim and sued under the Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the capabilities of the President to use the military for domestic purposes. Plaintiffs requested injunctive relief, declaratory relief, monetary damages (including punitive damages), and attorney's fees and costs.

On June 12, 2020, the case was assigned to Judge Dabney L. Friedrich. The case is ongoing as of August 4, 2020.

Jack Hibbard - 06/23/2020
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
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens
Defendant(s) Acting Chief Gregory Monahan
Attorney General William Barr
Commanding General William J. Walker
Director James Murray
President Donald Trump
Secretary Mark Esper
Plaintiff Description Three protesters who were at Lafayette Square Park at the time of the attack
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 06/11/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing PN-DC-0014 : Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump (D.D.C.)
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Docket(s)
1:20-cv-01542-DLF (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0015-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/23/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-DC-0015-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/11/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Friedrich, Dabney Langhorne (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
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