Case: Kendrick v. Chandler

2:76-cv-00449 | U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee

Filed Date: Sept. 10, 1976

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Case Summary

In 1976, the ACLU of Western Tennessee, along with two Memphis residents, filed this case against the Memphis Police Department in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee. Plaintiffs claimed that the Memphis police interfered with their First Amendment rights to free speech and association when it gathered "political intelligence."

On September 14, 1978, the court (Judge Robert M. McRae) entered a Consent Order prohibiting the police from engaging in any sort of political intelligence gathering.

Thirty-two years later, the Police Department published a policy revision prohibiting political surveillance. It also published the 1978 Consent Decree on its website.

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Blanchard v. City of Memphis, Western District of Tennessee (2017)

People


Judge(s)

McRae, Robert Malcolm Jr. (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hurder, Alex (Tennessee)

Kramer, Bruce S. (Tennessee)

Novik, Jack D. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Shea, Arthur J. (Tennessee)

Judge(s)

McRae, Robert Malcolm Jr. (Tennessee)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hurder, Alex (Tennessee)

Kramer, Bruce S. (Tennessee)

Novik, Jack D. (New York)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Shea, Arthur J. (Tennessee)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Order, Judgment and Decree

Sept. 14, 1978 Order/Opinion

Memphis Police Department Policy Revision re: Political Surveillance

No Court

Dec. 20, 2011 Other

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Tennessee

Case Type(s):

Policing

Key Dates

Filing Date: Sept. 10, 1976