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Case Name Scott v. Louisville Metro Government PN-KY-0001
Docket / Court 3:20-cv-00535 ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
Special Collection Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Case Summary
On July 30, 2020, six individual plaintiffs and the Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression (KAARPR) filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. They were represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Defense and ... read more >
On July 30, 2020, six individual plaintiffs and the Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression (KAARPR) filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. They were represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU of Kentucky Foundation, and private counsel. They brought suit against the Louisville and Jefferson County Metro Government, the Mayor of Louisville, the Interim Chief of Louisville Police, and over a dozen Louisville Police Department officers. The complaint arose out of the protests that swept the country following the police killings of George Floyd in May of 2020 and of Breonna Taylor (by Louisville police) in March of 2020. The complaint alleged that during these protests in Louisville, protesters were met with police using tear gas, pepper balls, flash bang grenades, and, in at least one case resulting in a fatality, live ammunition. The complaint argued that these actions represented violations of the U.S. Constitution and common law tort law. Specifically, the complaint argued that the defendants' First Amendment right to free speech and assembly and their Fourth Amendment protection against excessive force. The complaint also argued that defendants' actions constituted common law battery and assault.

The case was assigned to District Judge Charles R. Simpson III.

The case is ongoing as of August 3, 2020.

Jack Hibbard - 08/03/2020


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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
Law-enforcement
General
Aggressive behavior
Assault/abuse by staff
Excessive force
Over/Unlawful Detention
Pepper/OC spray
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
State law
Defendant(s) Assistant Chief of Louisville Metro Police Department LaVita Chavous
Interim Chief of Louisville Metro Police Department Robert Schroeder
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Mayor of Louisville Greg Fischer
Plaintiff Description Six individuals and Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 07/30/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Docket(s)
3:20-cv-00535-CRS (W.D. Ky.)
PN-KY-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/31/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint and Jury Trial Demand [ECF# 1]
PN-KY-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/30/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Chandran, Ashok (New York) show/hide docs
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Fraser Wilson, Ogilvie Andrew (New York) show/hide docs
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Gatnarek, Heather L. (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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Hays, Mashayla R (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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Johnson, Kristen (New York) show/hide docs
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Jondahl, Andrew K (New York) show/hide docs
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Kemmitt, Christopher (New York) show/hide docs
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Quereshi, Ajmel (New York) show/hide docs
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Shapiro, Samuel (New York) show/hide docs
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Shapiro, Corey M (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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Tucek, Aaron (Kentucky) show/hide docs
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