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1 Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle v. Baltimore Police Department
1:20-cv-00929-RDB (D. Md.)
Filed 04/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
Baltimore Police Department
Policing
PN-MD-0010
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
2 Providence Youth Student Movement v. Elorza
1:19-cv-00378-WES-PAS (D.R.I.)
Filed 07/16/2019 - Case Ongoing
City of Providence
City of Providence
Policing
PN-RI-0003
Providence County
Coding Complete
On July 16, 2019, the Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM) filed this lawsuit in federal court in the District of Rhode Island. The plaintiffs sued the mayor of Providence, the public safety commissioner of Providence, the chief of police, and the city’s treasurer for violations of municipal code, and the Rhode Island Constitution in ... [view]
3 Black Love Resists in the Rust v. City of Buffalo
1:18-cv-00719 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/28/2018 - Case Ongoing
City of Buffalo
Buffalo Police Department
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-NY-0015
Erie County
Coding Complete
On June 28, 2018, Black Love Resists in the Rust and four individual plaintiffs filed this class action lawsuit in the Western District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the City of Buffalo, NY under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for violations of their rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment and under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The ... [view]
4 American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
3:18-cv-03050-JCS (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2018 - Closed 2019
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Policing
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-CA-0119
San Francisco
Coding Complete
On May 23, 2018 the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed this lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ACLU brought suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. ACLU-NC requested records ... [view]
5 R.C. v. City of New York
153739/2018 (State Court)
Filed 2018 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
PN-NY-0048
Coding Complete
Under New York law, records must be sealed from cases where the prosecutor declined to pursue charges, the charges were later dismissed, or the allegations were disproven in court. On April 24, 2018, three plaintiffs brought a class action suit against the city of New York and New York City Police Department Commissioner challenging the use of the ... [view]
6 Communities United v. Chicago
1:17-cv-07151 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 10/04/2017 - Closed 2019
City of Chicago
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-IL-0023
Cook County
Coding Complete
On October 4, 2017, five organizations serving Black and Latino communities in Chicago (the ACLU of Illinois, Communities United, Community Renewal Society, Next Steps, and ONE Northside), filed this lawsuit in the United States Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the City of Chicago under 42 U.S.C. §1983, the Americans with ... [view]
7 Ahmad v. City of St. Louis
4:17-cv-02455 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 09/22/2017 - Case Ongoing
City of St. Louis
Policing
PN-MO-0008
Coding Complete
This case arose from protests that followed a police officer's acquittal on murder charges filed after the officer killed a suspect in 2011. On September 22, 2017, two protesters filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs alleged that they were subjected to unlawful retaliation ... [view]
8 Illinois v. City of Chicago
1:17-cv-06260 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 08/29/2017 - Case Ongoing
City of Chicago
Policing
PN-IL-0022
Coding Complete
On August 29, 2017, the state of Illinois filed this lawsuit against the City of Chicago in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003, and the Illinois Human Rights Act. The state brought this action on behalf of the people of Illinois to ensure that the City ... [view]
9 Imani v. City of Baton Rouge
3:17-cv-00439-SDD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 07/09/2017 - Case Ongoing
City of Baton Rouge
Policing
PN-LA-0006
Coding Complete
On July 9, 2017, thirteen protesters and two reporters who were arrested during a protest in Baton Rouge filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs sued the City of Baton Rouge, as well as numerous agents of the Sheriff’s Department and of the state, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Children’s ... [view]
10 Overbey v. Mayor & City Council of Baltimore
1:17-cv-01793 (D. Md.)
Filed 06/29/2017 - Case Ongoing
The Mayor and City Council of Baltimore
Baltimore
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-MD-0009
Baltimore City
Coding Complete
On June 29, 2017, the Baltimore Brew (a media organization) and an individual who had previously settled a suit against the Baltimore Police filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. They sued the City of Baltimore and its police under 28 U.S.C. § 1983 and state law. Represented by the ACLU of Maryland and ... [view]
11 Horse v. District of Columbia
1:17-cv-01216 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/21/2017 - Case Ongoing
District of Columbia
District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-DC-0013
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
12 K.A. v. Hobby
1:17-cv-00099-LJA (M.D. Ga.)
Filed 06/01/2017 - Closed
Worth County Sheriff's Office
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
Education
ED-GA-0002
Worth County
Coding Complete
This case was brought in response to an event that occurred on April 14, 2017 in Worth County. That day, approximately 40 uniformed police officers arrived at Worth County High School and put the school on lockdown to conduct a drug search. They did not have a search warrant. Although the officers had a “target list” of thirteen suspected ... [view]
13 Brown v. Madison County
3:17-cv-00347-WHB-LRA (S.D. Miss.)
Filed 05/08/2017 - Case Ongoing
Madison County
Policing
PN-MS-0001
Coding Complete
On May 8, 2017, ten residents of Madison County filed this class action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi. The plaintiffs sued Madison County under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, filing both class action-based and individual-based claims. The plaintiffs, represented by the ACLU and the Southern Poverty Law Center, sought ... [view]
14 Uptown Tent City Organizers v. City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
1:17-cv-04518 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 03/30/2017 - Closed 2018
City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-IL-0016
Cook County
Coding Complete
On March 30, 2017, an organization called Tent City Alternative to LSD Viaducts and a community resident activist submitted a Notification of Public Assembly to the City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings. They requested a permit to erect tents on behalf of the homeless population, who would be displaced by construction. The City ... [view]
15 Blanchard v. City of Memphis
2:17-cv-02120 (W.D. Tenn.)
Filed 02/22/2017 - Case Ongoing
City of Memphis
Policing
PN-TN-0001
Memphis
Coding Complete
On February 22, 2017, four plaintiffs filed suit against the City of Memphis, Tennessee in the U.S. District Court Western District of Tennessee for violating their First Amendment rights. The plaintiffs all found themselves on a “black list” created by the Memphis Police Department. They argued that the police department created the “black ... [view]
16 Collins v. City of Milwaukee
2:17-cv-00234 (E.D. Wis.)
Filed 02/22/2017 - Case Ongoing
City of Milwaukee
Policing
PN-WI-0001
Milwaukee County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
17 United States v. Police Department of Baltimore City
1:17-cv-00099-JKB (D. Md.)
Filed 01/12/2017 - Case Ongoing
Baltimore City Police Department
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-MD-0008
Baltimore City
Coding Complete
On January 12, 2017, the United States of America filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Alleging a pattern or practice of conduct by law enforcement officers in deprivation of people's rights under the United States Constitution and federal laws, the United States brought this action against the ... [view]
18 Carraway v. Doe
1:17-cv-00137 (D.D.C.)
Filed 2017 - Closed 2017
D.C. Metropolitan Police
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-DC-0012
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On Jan. 20, 2017, an individual who participated in a protest in Washington D.C., on President Trump's Inauguration Day, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiff sued John Doe D.C. Metropolitan Police Officers, John Doe U.S. Park Police Officers, and the Interim Chief of the Metropolitan Police ... [view]
19 DOJ Investigation of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s Department
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 12/15/2016 - Case Ongoing
Orange County District Attorney’s Office
Policing
PN-CA-0040
Coding Complete
On December 15, 2016, the DOJ opened this investigation pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. 14141, into the patterns and practices of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. According to the DOJ Press Release, the investigation began because of a ... [view]
20 West v. City of Santa Fe
3:16-cv-00309 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 11/03/2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Santa Fe
Policing
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-TX-0011
Coding Complete
On November 3, 2016, three individuals under threat of being jailed for failure to pay fines to the City of Santa Fe, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. They sued the City of Santa Fe, the Municipal Judge, and the Chief of Police under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging that the defendants run a modern-day ... [view]
21 North Baton Rouge Matters v. City of Baton Rouge
3:16-cv-00463-JWD-RLB (M.D. La.)
Filed 07/13/2016 - Closed 2016
City of Baton Rouge
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-LA-0005
Coding Complete
On July 13, 2016, organizations whose members have participated in and witnessed protests in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in response to the death of Alton Sterling, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Represented by private counsel, the ACLU of Louisiana, and the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial ... [view]
22 Mitchell v. City of Los Angeles
2:16-cv-01750 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/14/2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Los Angeles
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-CA-0038
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
On March 14, 2016, several homeless individuals (one with a disability) and two organizations that help homeless individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against the City of Los Angeles, seeking a declaratory judgment, injunctive relief, and damages under 28 U.S.C. § 1983, the Americans with ... [view]
23 Furlow v. Belmar
4:16-cv-00254 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 02/02/2016 - Case Ongoing
St. Louis County
St. Louis County Police Department
Policing
PN-MO-0007
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
On February 2, 2016, a class of St. Louis County residents, primarily impoverished and African-American, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued St. Louis County and the St. Louis County Police Department under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming violations of their Fourth, Fifth, and ... [view]
24 United States v. City of Ferguson
4:16-cv-00180 (E.D. Mo.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Ferguson
Ferguson Police Department
Policing
PN-MO-0002
St. Louis County
Coding Complete
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a small city in St. Louis County. The shooting sparked nationwide protests and attention to police use of force and police/African-American relations. The Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County, ... [view]
25 United States v. City of Newark
2:16-cv-01731-MCA-MAH (D.N.J.)
Filed 2016 - Case Ongoing
City of Newark
Policing
PN-NJ-0007
Essex County
Coding Complete
The U.S. Department of Justice ("DOJ") initiated an investigation of the Newark Police Department ("NPD") in May 2011, after receiving serious allegations of civil rights violations by the NPD. Such allegations included that the NPD subjected Newark residents to excessive force, unwarranted stops and arrests, and discriminatory police actions ... [view]
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