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Case Name Rulli v. Pittsburgh PN-PA-0023
Docket / Court 2:20-cv-00965-CB-LPL ( W.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Case Summary
On June 29, 2020, six named plaintiffs filed this class-action lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh and various elected and police officials in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The case was assigned to Judge Cathy Bissoon. The plaintiffs were non-violent protesters who gathered to protest ... read more >
On June 29, 2020, six named plaintiffs filed this class-action lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh and various elected and police officials in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The case was assigned to Judge Cathy Bissoon. The plaintiffs were non-violent protesters who gathered to protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's murder. They the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police attacked them during these protests with flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas. The plaintiffs argued that these actions violated their First Amendment right to freedom of speech and assembly and also constituted malicious prosecution in retaliation for constitutionally protected speech. Additionally, the plaintiffs argued that the defendants' actions violated their Fourth Amendment right to be free from excessive force and unlawful arrest. The plaintiffs sought declaratory relief stating that these practices were unlawful as well as injunctive relief to prevent the defendants from continuing the practices in the future. The plaintiffs also sought compensatory damages, attorneys' fees and costs as appropriate.

The case was referred to Magistrate Judge Lisa Pupo Lenihan. She recommended that the claims against the Mayor of Pittsburgh be dismissed, 2021 WL 1391761, and the court adopted this recommendation. 2021 WL 1390492. Magistrate Judge Lenihan then referred the case to mediation and appointed David B. White as the mediator.

As of May 26, 2021, the case remains ongoing.

Justin Hill - 05/26/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Excessive force
Failure to train
False arrest
Over/Unlawful Detention
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Defendant(s) Chief of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police
City of Pittsburgh
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Plaintiff Description Non-violent protestors that were allegedly victims of excessive force by police.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome 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 06/29/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  See this case at CourtListener.com (May provide additional documents and, for active cases, real-time alerts)
  Casenote: Rizzo v. Goode - Federal Court Intervention and Local Police Departments
University of Baltimore Law Forum
Date: March 1976
By: Lindsay Schlottman
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

  Rizzo v. Goode
Oyez
Date: Jan. 21, 1976
By: Oyez
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
W.D. Pa.
05/19/2021
2:20-cv-00965
PN-PA-0023-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
E.D. Pa.
03/14/1973
Opinion and Order (357 F.Supp. 1289)
PN-PA-0023-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Google Scholar
E.D. Pa.
10/05/1973
Memorandum and Order (60 F.R.D. 615)
PN-PA-0023-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Westlaw
U.S. Court of Appeals
11/01/1974
Opinion of the Court (506 F.2d 542)
PN-PA-0023-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Google Scholar
U.S. Supreme Court
01/21/1976
Opinion of the Court (423 U.S. 362)
PN-PA-0023-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Google Scholar
W.D. Pa.
06/29/2020
Complaint in Civil Action [ECF# 1]
PN-PA-0023-0001.pdf | External Link | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Bissoon, Cathy (W.D. Pa.) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-9000
Fullam, John Patrick (E.D. Pa.) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0002 | PN-PA-0023-0003
Gibbons, John Joseph (Third Circuit) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0004
Lenihan, Lisa Pupo (W.D. Pa.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-9000
Rehnquist, William Hubbs (SCOTUS) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0005
Staley, Austin Leander (Third Circuit) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0004
Stevens, John Paul (Seventh Circuit, SCOTUS) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0005
Weis, Joseph Francis Jr. (W.D. Pa., Third Circuit) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0004
Plaintiff's Lawyers Coleman, Margaret Schuetz (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0001 | PN-PA-0023-9000
Cozzens, Quinn (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
PN-PA-0023-0001 | PN-PA-0023-9000
Elzer, Christine T (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Grote, Bret D. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Morgan, Jamelia N. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Wright, Alexander B (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Brumberg, John R (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Hilton, Yvonne (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Kennedy, Michael E. (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Koren, Julie E (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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McNally, Emily C (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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Sanchez Ridge, Lourdes (Pennsylvania) show/hide docs
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