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Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)

Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, on May 25, 2020. Nationwide protests followed, often under the banner "Black Lives Matter." This Clearinghouse Special Collection brings together relevant litigation, including cases that challenge
    Curfews
    Police use of chemical agents, rubber bullets, etc.
    Police arrests/assaults of reporters
    Denial of permits
    Excessive force and unlawful arrests
    Race discrimination against protesters/media
    Dispersal of protests in violation of the First Amendment
The collection focuses on group cases and class actions, rather than individual damage actions. It is growing; please send any suggestions for inclusion to clearinghouse@umich.edu.
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 Detroit Will Breathe v. Detroit
2:20-cv-12363-RHC-APP (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 08/31/2020 - Case Ongoing
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Detroit Mayor
Policing
PN-MI-0013
Detroit
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on August 31, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs included an activist organization called Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) and fourteen individuals. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, sued the city of Detroit, Mayor Michael ... [view]
2 Scott v. Louisville Metro Government
3:20-cv-00535 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 07/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-KY-0001
Jefferson County
Coding Complete
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 ... [view]
3 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon v. City of Portland
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 07/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0008
Portland
Coding Complete
This complaint was brought in the County of Multnomah Circuit Court for the State of Oregon on July 29, 2020. The suit was brought by the ACLU of Oregon and an anonymous individual plaintiff ("Protester 1") against the City of Portland. The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys from the ACLU of Oregon and private counsel. The complaint came ... [view]
4 Don't Shoot Portland v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02040 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of DHS Chad Wolf
Department of Homeland Security
Policing
PN-DC-0016
Coding Complete
This complaint was filed on July 27, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs were a group of women and women-founded organizations that were protesting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Portland, Oregon. They were represented by private counsel. After the police killing of George Floyd in ... [view]
5 Wise v. Portland
3:20-cv-01193 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0007
Portland
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This lawsuit was filed on July 22, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon by four individual plaintiffs represented by the ACLU Foundation of Oregon and private counsel. The complaint arose out of the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. After Mr. Floyd's killing protests broke out across ... [view]
6 Black Lives Matter v. Wolf
1:20-cv-04319 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 07/23/2020 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
Department of Homeland Security
Policing
PN-IL-0026
Coding Complete
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 ... [view]
7 Western States Center v. Department of Homeland Security
3:20-cv-01175-JR (D. Or.)
Filed 07/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Policing
PN-OR-0004
Coding Complete
This lawsuit, filed on July 21, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, was brought by the Western State Center (a public benefit corporation), the First Unitarian Church of Portland, a private individual, and two Oregon State Representatives. Represented by private attorneys, they sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ... [view]
8 Cruz v. Denver
1:20-cv-01922 (D. Colo.)
Filed 07/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
City and County of Denver
Denver
Policing
PN-CO-0005
Denver County
Coding Complete
This class-action lawsuit was filed on July 1, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The suit came in response to police tactics used to quell protests in Denver that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs, seven private individuals, were represented by private counsel and brought this suit ... [view]
9 Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. DeBlasio
1:20-cv-05441 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
New York City
Policing
PN-NY-0050
New York
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Summary not yet on record [view]
10 NAACP v. Peterman
1:20-cv-613 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 07/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Mayor of Graham
Graham
Policing
PN-NC-0003
Graham
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The complaint for this case was filed on July 2, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint challenged an ordinance in Graham, North Carolina that forced would-be organizers of protests to obtain a permit from the city at least twenty four hours in advance. The ordinance gave the police chief total ... [view]
11 Index Newspapers LLC v. City of Portland
3:20-cv-1035 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0003
Portland
Coding Complete
This class action lawsuit was filed on June 28, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The case was brought by members of the media and legal observers amidst the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd against the City of Portland and sixty unnamed Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers. Plaintiffs were ... [view]
12 Jeffery v. City of New York
1:20-cv-02843 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
New York City
Policing
PN-NY-0049
New York
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On June 26, 2020, three private individuals filed this class action lawsuit against the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and fifty police officers of unknown identities. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and plaintiffs were represented by private counsel. The ... [view]
13 Crane v. Fort Wayne
1:20-cv-00240 (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0004
Fort Wayne
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On June 26, 2020, three individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The suit arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The suit alleged that Fort Wayne Police Officers used chemical weapons, flash bang grenades, and rubber bullets ... [view]
14 Black Lives Matter 5280 v. City and County of Denver
1:20-cv-01878 (D. Colo.)
Filed 06/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Denver
Denver
Policing
PN-CO-0004
Denver
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This lawsuit was filed on June 25, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The suit was made in response to police tactics used on protesters amidst the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May and June of 2020. Represented by private counsel and ACLU attorneys, plaintiffs in this case were Black Lives ... [view]
15 Chicago Freedom School v. Chicago
1:20-cv-03718 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/25/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Chicago
Chicago
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IL-0025
Chicago
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was brought on June 25, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This complaint was filed in response to police conduct amidst the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. However, unlike most other cases in this collection, the conduct of the police in this case were aimed at ... [view]
16 Hunters Capital v. Seattle
2:20-cv-00983 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 06/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Seattle
Seattle
Policing
PN-WA-0007
Seattle
Coding Complete
This putative class-action lawsuit was filed on June 24, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. Represented by private counsel, plaintiffs were residents, tenants, property owners, and business owners in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, and they brought suit against the city of Seattle. Background This ... [view]
17 Indy 10 Black Lives Matter v. Indianapolis
1:20-cv-01660-JMS-DLP (S.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/18/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0003
Indianapolis
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This lawsuit was filed on June 18, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The suit was filed in response to police tactics used to quell protests in Indianapolis that ensued following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs were Indy 10 Black Lives Matter (a Black Lives Matter chapter out of ... [view]
18 Ruiz v. City of Sacramento
2:20-cv-01229 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/18/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Sacramento
Sacramento
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-CA-0045
Sacramento
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This class action lawsuit was filed on June 18, 2020 in the U.S. District for the Eastern District of California. The suit came after police in Sacramento, California allegedly used illegal tactics in an effort to disrupt protests that occurred after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, ... [view]
19 Buchanan v. Trump
1:20-cv-01542 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/11/2020 - Case Ongoing
President Donald Trump
President of the United States
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-DC-0015
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was brought in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 11, 2020. The suit was in response to President Trump's June 1, 2020, decision to use chemical weapons against peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park, protesting the police killing of George Floyd. In order to clear the path for President Trump to walk ... [view]
20 Anti Police-Terror Project v. Oakland
3:20-cv-03866 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/11/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Oakland
Oakland
Policing
PN-CA-0043
Oakland
Coding Complete
This class action lawsuit was filed on June 11, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs were the Anti-Police Terror Project, Community Ready Corps, and several individuals. Defendants were the City of Oakland, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) Police Chief, an OPD Sergeant, and two OPD officers. The ... [view]
21 Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County v. City of Seattle
2:20-cv-00887 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 06/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Seattle
Policing
PN-WA-0005
Seattle
Coding Complete
On June 9, 2020, Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County brought this lawsuit against the City of Seattle in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. The complaint arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Plaintiffs alleged that the Seattle police violated the First ... [view]
22 Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles v. City of Los Angeles
2:20-cv-05027 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 06/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Los Angeles
Policing
PN-CA-0042
Los Angeles
Coding Complete
On June 5th, 2020, Black Lives Matter - Los Angeles (BLMLA) filed this class action law suit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Judge Consuelo B. Marshall was assigned to the case. The case arose out of the nationwide protests following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. The complaint alleged ... [view]
23 Don't Shoot Portland v. City of Portland
3:20-cv-00917 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0002
Multnomah County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On June 5, 2020, a non-profit corporation advocating for social and racial justice and individual citizens filed this class action suit for violations of their First and Fourth Amendment rights. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief enjoining Portland police from using tear gas. On June 9, the court granted the TRO and enjoined the ... [view]
24 Black Lives Matter D.C. v. Trump
1:20-cv-01469 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
President Donald Trump
President of the United States
Policing
PN-DC-0014
District of Columbia County
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This lawsuit was filed on June 4, 2020, in the U.S. District Court for the District of D.C., in response to President Trump's use of military police to disperse peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square Park on June 1st, 2020. Protesters had gathered as part of the nationwide outcry following the police killing of George Floyd. Around 6:30 in the ... [view]
25 Abay v. Denver
1:20-cv-01616-RBJ (D. Colo.)
Filed 06/04/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Denver
Denver
Policing
PN-CO-0003
Denver County
Coding Complete
This class-action suit was brought in the Colorado state court for the district of Denver on June 4th, 2020. That same day, the case was removed by the defendants to the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The complaint was filed in response to police tactics used against protesters in Denver following the police killing of George ... [view]
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