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Case Name Crane v. Fort Wayne PN-IN-0004
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-00240 ( N.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
On June 26, 2020, three individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The suit arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The suit alleged that Fort Wayne Police Officers used ... read more >
On June 26, 2020, three individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The suit arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The suit alleged that Fort Wayne Police Officers used chemical weapons, flash bang grenades, and rubber bullets on individuals peacefully protesting. They brought suit against the City of Fort Wayne and the Allen County Sheriff, arguing that these actions constituted a violation of 42 U.S.C. Section 1983. Specifically, plaintiffs claimed that these actions were violations of the First Amendment's guarantees of free speech, free assembly, and free petition. They also argued that the defendants used excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment. They sought declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and money damages, as well as attorney's fees and costs. Plaintiffs were represented by counsel from the ACLU of Indiana.

The case was assigned to Judge Holly A. Brady and Magistrate Judge Susan L. Collins on June 29. However, that same day Judge Brady recused herself and the case was reassigned to Judge Damon R. Leichty.

On July 2, 2020, plaintiffs submitted an amended complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief which added several individuals as plaintiffs along with two organizations: Black and Brown Liberation and the ACLU of Indiana. The legal claims and sought-after relief remained the same.

That same day, plaintiffs submitted a motion for a preliminary injunction, and the parties and the court began to discuss a timetable for a preliminary injunction hearing. On July 13 Judge Leichty set a schedule for the preliminary injunction.

The case is ongoing as of August 4, 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
Petitions clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Allen County Sheriff
City of Fort Wayne
Plaintiff Description Fifteen plaintiffs, including two organizations: ACLU of Indiana and Black and Brown Liberation.
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 06/26/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
1:20-cv-00240-DRL-SLC (N.D. Ind.)
PN-IN-0004-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/13/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages [ECF# 1]
PN-IN-0004-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/26/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief and Damages [ECF# 7]
PN-IN-0004-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/02/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Collins, Susan L. Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Leichty, Damon Ray (N.D. Ind.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Falk, Kenneth J. (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Pactor, Steve J (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Rose, Gavin Minor (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Cowgur, Anne L. (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Feighner, J Spencer (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Friend, Joshua C (Indiana) show/hide docs
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Henry, Adam Matthew (Indiana) show/hide docs
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