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Case Name Black Lives Matter v. Wolf PN-IL-0026
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-04319 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Litigation Against Federal Police (2020)
Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Attorney Organization Loevy & Loevy
Case Summary
This complaint was filed on July 23, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The suit was filed by a number of political and legal organizations, as well as a news media organization. These groups included: Black Lives Matter Chicago; Black Abolitionist Network; ... read more >
This complaint was filed on July 23, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The suit was filed by a number of political and legal organizations, as well as a news media organization. These groups included: Black Lives Matter Chicago; Black Abolitionist Network; Chicago Democratic Socialists of America; Good Kids/Mad City; #LetUsBreathe Collective; South Siders Organized for Unity and Liberation; National Lawyers Guild Chicago; First Defense Legal Aid; and In These Times. The defendants were numerous federal agents, including Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence, Attorney General William Barr, Director of Federal Protective Services L. Eric Patterson, and FBI Director Christopher Wray, among others. Plaintiffs were represented by private counsel and attorneys from Westside Justice Center, People's Law Office, as well as attorney-professors at Northwestern and University of Chicago.

The lawsuit followed the dispersal of federal agents to quell protests that occurred in Chicago after the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor in the spring of 2020. President Trump first sent federal agents to Portland in July, then to several other cities including Chicago later that month. The complaint did not allege that the federal troops had done anything in particular, but that their very presence was menacing. They argued that the presence of these federal agents represented violations of the plaintiffs' First Amendment rights to free speech and free protest as well as excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment. They also alleged conspiracy to deprive the plaintiffs of their rights. The plaintiffs requested declaratory relief that would deem the federal agents' actions illegal and injunctive relief prohibiting the policing of the protests by federal agents, ceasing the arrest of residents of Chicago, and to stop enforcing a policy of alleged "preemptive arrests."

On July 31, the plaintiffs submitted an amended complaint which added a count of violating the Tenth Amendment. They argued that the federal agents' conducting of law enforcement was an encroachment on the policing powers left to the state and local government.

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
Federalism (including 10th Amendment)
Freedom of speech/association
Petitions clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
False arrest
Over/Unlawful Detention
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1985
Defendant(s) Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency Timothy Shea
Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Regina Lombardo
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
Attorney General William Barr
Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection Mark Morgan
Deputy Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Matthew Albence
Director of Federal Protective Services L. Eric Patterson
Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations Christopher Wray
Director of U.S. Marshals Service Donald Washington
Plaintiff Description Several activist groups, a news organization, a DSA of Chicago, and National Lawyers Guild
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Loevy & Loevy
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 07/23/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
1:20-cv-04319 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0026-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/04/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-IL-0026-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/23/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 9]
PN-IL-0026-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/31/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Art, Steven Edwards (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Bedi, Sheila A. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Brown, Ruth Z. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Donnell, Heather Lewis (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Futterman, Craig B. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Kleinhaus, Theresa (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Mogul, Joey L. (Illinois) show/hide docs
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Owens, David B (Washington) show/hide docs
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Snow, Christian (Illinois) show/hide docs
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