Case: Picture The Homeless v. The City of New York

1:02-cv-09379 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Filed Date: Nov. 25, 2002

Closed Date: 2003

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Case Summary

On November 25, 2002, plaintiff, a New York-based homeless advocacy group called Picture the Homeless, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as attorneys' fees. Specifically, plaintiff alleged that the City of New York, through the NYPD, developed a policy and practice of targeting homeless individuals for arrest in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.…

On November 25, 2002, plaintiff, a New York-based homeless advocacy group called Picture the Homeless, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 seeking declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as attorneys' fees. Specifically, plaintiff alleged that the City of New York, through the NYPD, developed a policy and practice of targeting homeless individuals for arrest in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Plaintiff alleged that the NYPD developed a program of targeting individuals they believed to be homeless for arrest. Specifically plaintiff alleged that the NYPD increased the number of officers dedicated to homeless outreach and instructed the officers that their primary mission was no longer to offer services but instead to arrest the homeless for largely minor offenses.

On April 3, 2003, the District Court (Judge Sidney H. Stein) entered an order that the case be dismissed due to the City of New York's stipulation to issue a directive to the NYPD indicating that officers were not to target homeless individuals for arrest.

Summary Authors

Brendan Brown (10/6/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Stein, Sidney H. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dunn, Christopher (New York)

Eisenberg, Arthur (New York)

Lieberman, Donna (New York)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Cardozo, Michael A. (New York)

Judge(s)

Stein, Sidney H. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Dunn, Christopher (New York)

Eisenberg, Arthur (New York)

Lieberman, Donna (New York)

Expert/Monitor/Master

Cardozo, Michael A. (New York)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

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Docket [Pacer]

Picture the Homeless v. City of New York

April 3, 2003 Docket
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Complaint

Picture the Homeless v. City of New York

Nov. 25, 2002 Complaint

Settlement Press Release

Picture the Homeless v. The City of New York

No Court

April 1, 2003 Press Release

Resources

Title Description External URL

Picture the Homeless v. City of New York (Challenging NYPD's Singling Out of the Homeless)

NYCLU

This case concerns the NYPD's selective enforcement of the law against the homeless. In November 2002, the NYCLU filed suit in the Southern District alleging that the NYPD had initiated a program thr… Nov. 25, 2002 https://www.nyclu.org/en/cases/picture-homeless-v-city-new-york-challenging-nypds-singling-out-homeless

Docket

Last updated May 12, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: New York

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 25, 2002

Closing Date: 2003

Case Ongoing: No reason to think so

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Picture the Homeless, a New York based homeless advocacy group.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU Affiliates (any)

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

City of New York (New York City), City

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Content of Injunction:

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Issues

General:

Pattern or Practice