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Case Name Paul v. Trump PN-OR-0005
Docket / Court 3:20-cv-1188 ( D. Or. )
State/Territory Oregon
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Litigation Against Federal Police (2020)
Case Summary
This case was filed on July 21, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The lawsuit was brought by a single private individual against President Donald Trump, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, and John Does 1-100, all of whom were unnamed federal ... read more >
This case was filed on July 21, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The lawsuit was brought by a single private individual against President Donald Trump, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, and John Does 1-100, all of whom were unnamed federal agents. The plaintiff was represented by private counsel and attorneys from People's Law Project. The complaint alleged that the unnamed federal agents, at the direction of defendant Wolf, beat the plaintiff while they were peacefully protesting to carry out defendant Trump's political agenda.

The lawsuit argued that the defendants were in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal civil rights law. The complaint first alleged violations, both actual and threatened, of the plaintiff's First Amendment to free speech, free assembly, and freedom to petition the government. The complaint also alleged violations, actual and threatened, of the Fourth Amendment, specifically through the use of excessive force. The complaint alleged that defendants employed chemical agents, batons, and shields to remove protesters. Finally, the complaint alleged that defendants violated 42 U.S.C. §§ 1985 and 1986 for conspiracy to deprive rights and failure to prevent conspiracy to deprive rights. The plaintiff requested declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and monetary damages, in addition to attorney's fees and costs.

The case was assigned to Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman.

For the next few months, there was no activity in the case until the plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case without prejudice on October 21, 2020. The Clearinghouse does not have access to why the plaintiff dismissed the claim. This case is closed

Jack Hibbard - 08/06/2020
Emily Kempa - 12/31/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Petitions clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Aggressive behavior
Excessive force
Over/Unlawful Detention
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1985
Defendant(s) Acting Secretary of Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
U.S. President Donald Trump
Plaintiff Description Single private plaintiff
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filed 07/21/2020
Case Closing Year 2020
Case Ongoing No
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Court Docket(s)
D. Or.
10/21/2020
3:20-cv-01188-SB
PN-OR-0005-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D. Or.
07/21/2020
Complaint for Conspiracy to Violate the U.S. Constitution [ECF# 1]
PN-OR-0005-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
D. Or.
10/21/2020
Notice [ECF# 4]
PN-OR-0005-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Beckerman, Stacie F Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
PN-OR-0005-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Fuller, Michael R (Oregon) show/hide docs
PN-OR-0005-0001 | PN-OR-0005-0002 | PN-OR-0005-9000
Jones, Kelly D (Oregon) show/hide docs
PN-OR-0005-0001 | PN-OR-0005-0002 | PN-OR-0005-9000
Moisan, Jane Leanne (New York) show/hide docs
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