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Occupy

Occupy Wall Street is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district. Protests spread across the U.S. in the subsequent days and months. In a number of jurisdictions, litigation resulted from police interaction with Occupy protesters. Some of it is collected here.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Augustine v. Ramsey
2:13-cv-06606 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 11/13/2013 - Closed 2016
City of Philadelphia
Policing
PN-PA-0015
Coding Complete
On November 13, 2013, twenty-six protesters associated with Occupy Philadelphia, a large continuous political protest, filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the City of Philadelphia and nine city police commissioners and officers. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, ... [view]
2 Lawler v. City of New York
1:12-cv-05843-RWS (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/31/2012 - Closed 2015
City of New York
New York Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0034
New York City
Coding Complete
On July 31, 2012, a New York resident who was arrested while participating in the Occupy Wall Street protests filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against the City of New York. The complaint was brought under 42 U.S.C. 1983 and alleged violations of the 1st, 4th and 14th amendments. The plaintiff, ... [view]
3 Occupy Wall St. v. City of New York.
1:12-cv-04129-GBD (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 05/23/2012 - Closed 2013
Police Commissioner of New York
Policing
PN-NY-0033
New York
Coding Complete
On May 23, 2012, Occupy Wall Street, an unincorporated association engaged in continuous political protest, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the City of New York. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed that the City seized or damaged property amounting to over 3,600 ... [view]
4 Berg v. Kelly
1:12-cv-3391 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/30/2012 - Closed 2019
City of New York
New York City Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0031
New York County
Coding Complete
On Apr. 30, 2012, five members of the Occupy Wall Street movement filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, against the City of New York and individual New York City Police Department officers. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sought class certification, as well as injunctive and ... [view]
5 Baker v. Katehi
2:12-cv-00450 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 02/22/2012 - Closed 2015
University of California
UC Davis
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-CA-0019
Davis
Coding Complete
On February 22, 2012, twenty-one university students and recent graduates filed a putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California against the Regents of the University of California (the Chancellor was Katehi, hence the case caption) and against members of the campus police. The plaintiffs, ... [view]
6 Sabeghi v. UU
3:12-CV-06057 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2014
City of Oakland
Policing
PN-CA-0020
Alameda County
Coding Complete
The plaintiff, a demonstrator involved in the Occupy Oakland protest movement, alleged that in the early morning hours of November 3, 2011, he was wrongfully beaten and imprisoned by two Oakland police officers, in the presence and with the approval of their supervising Sergeant. He alleged that the day prior he had participated, with several ... [view]
7 Crisp v. City of New York
1:12-cv-5842-RWS (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2015
The City of New York
New York Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0035
New York City
Coding Complete
On July 31st, 2012, a resident of New York who was arrested while participating in a the Occupy Wall Street protest filed a lawsuit in the Southern District of New York United States District Court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against the city of New York. The plaintiff, represented by private counsel, asked the court for compensatory and punitive ... [view]
8 Elliot v. City of New York
12-cv-0992 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2012 - Closed 2015
New York City
New York Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0043
New York City
Coding Complete
Two Occupy Wall Street protesters brought this suit on February 8, 2012 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued the City of New York and the New York Police Department. During a 2011 demonstration, plaintiffs were pepper sprayed by highly-ranked police officer. Defendant officers further assaulted and ... [view]
9 Hill v. Stanek
11-cv-03542 (D. Minn.)
Filed 12/07/2011 - Closed 2012
Hennepin County
Hennepin County
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-MN-0003
Hennepin County
Coding Complete
On December 7, 2011, a political activist and supporter of Occupy Minnesota filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota under § 1983 against the County of Hennepin. The plaintiff, represented by a public interest law firm, asked the court for injunctive relief revoking the notice of trespassing and permitting the ... [view]
10 Sanchez v. Acevedo
11-cv-00993 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 11/21/2011 - Closed 2013
City of Austin
Policing
PN-TX-0003
Coding Complete
On November 21, 2011, two protesters associated with Occupy Austin, a large continuous political protest, who had been arrested for trespassing, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas against the City of Austin and a number city employees in their official capacities. The plaintiffs, represented by ... [view]
11 Occupy Delaware v. City of Wilmington
7027-VCG (State Court)
Filed 11/09/2011 - Closed 2012
City of Wilmington
Policing
PN-DE-0001
New Castle County
Coding Complete
On November 9, 2011, Occupy Delaware filed a lawsuit in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware under the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution, as well as under Article I, § 5 of the Delaware Constitution, against the City of Wilmington. The plaintiff, represented by public interest counsel, sought injunctive ... [view]
12 Spalding v. City Of Oakland
3:11-cv-02867 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 11/05/2011 - Closed 2017
City of Oakland
Policing
PN-CA-0022
Alameda County
Coding Complete
On November 5, 2011, hundreds of people rallied in downtown Oakland to protest what they considered to be the inadequate sentence given to former police officer, Johannes Mehserle, for the killing of unarmed BART passenger, Oscar Grant. After the rally, a group of the demonstrators began to march to the BART station where Grant had been killed ... [view]
13 Occupy Ft. Meyers v. City of Ft. Meyers
2:11-cv-00608 (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 10/25/2011 - Closed 2013
City of Fort Myers
Policing
PN-FL-0002
Lee County
Coding Complete
On October 25, 2011, a group of citizens (Occupy Ft. Meyers) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the City of Fort Myers, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, challenging that the defendant's municipal code unconstitutionally suppressed plaintiff's activities. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, ... [view]
14 Dawson v. City of Dallas
3:11-cv-2698 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 10/11/2011 - Closed 2011
City of Dallas, Texas
Policing
PN-TX-0004
Dallas County
Coding Complete
On October 11, 2011, three protestors associated with Occupy Dallas, a large continuous political protest, filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the City of Dallas under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for violations of their First Amendment rights. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, claimed ... [view]
15 Garcia v. Bloomberg
1:11-cv-06957 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/04/2011 - Closed 2017
City of New York
Policing
PN-NY-0030
New York County
Coding Complete
On October 4, 2011, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against the City of New York, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs' lawsuit stems from a demonstration and march crossing the Brooklyn Bridge that took place on October 1, 2011. The ... [view]
16 Campbell v. City of Oakland
3:11-cv-05498 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 2011 - Closed 2013
City of Oakland
Policing
PN-CA-0021
Alameda County
Coding Complete
In early October 2011, a large protest movement emerged in Oakland, CA, associated with the national Occupy movement. Several of the Occupy Oakland protesters set up an encampment with tents and other facilities in Frank Ogawa Plaza in front of Oakland City Hall. The group regularly held rallies and meetings at the Plaza. Early in the morning on ... [view]
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