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Case Name Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis PN-IN-0003
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP ( S.D. Ind. )
State/Territory Indiana
Case Type(s) Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
This lawsuit was filed on June 18, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The suit was filed in response to police tactics used to quell protests in Indianapolis that ensued following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs were Indy 10 Black ... read more >
This lawsuit was filed on June 18, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The suit was filed in response to police tactics used to quell protests in Indianapolis that ensued following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs were Indy 10 Black Lives Matter (a Black Lives Matter chapter out of Indianapolis) and three individual plaintiffs. They were represented by attorneys from the ACLU of Indiana. The only defendant was the City of Indianapolis.

The complaint alleged that Indianapolis police used stun grenades, tear gas, and pepper-balls against peaceful protesters, in addition to rubber bullets and police dogs. Plaintiffs alleged that these actions violated the plaintiffs' First Amendment rights to free speech and free assembly and their Fourth Amendment rights from excessive force. Plaintiffs sought declaratory relief, a preliminary and permanent injunction prohibiting defendants from interfering with peaceful protests, especially with excessive force. They also sought money damages and attorney's fees and costs.

The case was assigned to Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson and Magistrate Judge Doris L. Pryor. At the end of June, the court ordered a hearing for the preliminary injunction. On July 10 plaintiffs submitted their brief in support of the preliminary injunction.

The case is ongoing as of August 4, 2020.

Jack Hibbard - 07/17/2020
Jack Hibbard - 08/04/2020


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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
General
Excessive force
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) City of Indianapolis
Plaintiff Description Indy 10 Black Lives Matter and 3 individuals
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 None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 06/18/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
1:20-cv-01660 (S.D. Ind.)
PN-IN-0003-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/13/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Individual Damages [ECF# 1]
PN-IN-0003-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/18/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion for Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 5 & 5-1]
PN-IN-0003-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/18/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
[Exhibits in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction ECF 5] [ECF# 19-1 to 19-19]
PN-IN-0003-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/10/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction [ECF# 21]
PN-IN-0003-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/10/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Magnus-Stinson, Jane Elizabeth (S.D. Ind.) show/hide docs
PN-IN-0003-9000
Pryor, Doris L. Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
PN-IN-0003-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Falk, Kenneth J. (Indiana) show/hide docs
PN-IN-0003-0001 | PN-IN-0003-0002 | PN-IN-0003-0003 | PN-IN-0003-0004 | PN-IN-0003-9000
Pactor, Steve J (Indiana) show/hide docs
PN-IN-0003-0001 | PN-IN-0003-0002 | PN-IN-0003-0004 | PN-IN-0003-9000
Rose, Gavin Minor (Indiana) show/hide docs
PN-IN-0003-0001 | PN-IN-0003-0002 | PN-IN-0003-0004 | PN-IN-0003-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Harrigan, Anne Celeste (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Willfond, Adam Scott (Indiana) show/hide docs
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