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Case Name Alsaada v. City of Columbus PN-OH-0010
Docket / Court 2:20-cv-03431 ( S.D. Ohio )
State/Territory Ohio
Case Type(s) Policing
Special Collection Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 2020)
Case Summary
Thirteen demonstrators protesting George Floyd's murder sued the city of Columbus, Ohio and various other officers in their official and individual capacities for allegedly using excessive force. The lawsuit, filed on July 8, 2020, alleged that police officers used pepper spray and rubber bullets ... read more >
Thirteen demonstrators protesting George Floyd's murder sued the city of Columbus, Ohio and various other officers in their official and individual capacities for allegedly using excessive force. The lawsuit, filed on July 8, 2020, alleged that police officers used pepper spray and rubber bullets among other methods without giving warning to the protestors. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging violations of their First Amendment right to assemble and their Fourth Amendment right to be free from excessive force, as well as state law claims of gross negligence, battery, and malicious prosecution. The plaintiffs sought declaratory judgment, injunctive relief enjoining defendants from using similar conduct in the future, compensatory damages, punitive damages, and attorneys' fees and costs. The case was assigned to Judge Algenon Marbley.

The plaintiffs filed an amended complaint on September 16, 2020. They added more individual named plaintiffs and also added another state law claim. About two months later, the plaintiffs also filed a motion for preliminary injunction. The plaintiffs sought to enjoin the defendants from using non-lethal force such as tear gas, flash-bang grenades, or batons on nonviolent protestors.

On April 30, 2021, Judge Marbley granted the preliminary injunction. 2021 WL 1725554. In a lengthy opinion that began by recounting how "formal policing took its earliest form in slave patrols," Judge Marbley enjoined the defendants from using non-lethal force (including tear gas, flash-bang grenades, rubber bullets, batons, etc.) to disperse non-violent protestors. Instead, defendants could only use citations or arrests. The defendants were also ordered to ensure that their body cameras were in good working order.

As of May 25, the case remains ongoing.

Justin Hill - 05/24/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Preliminary relief granted
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Aggressive behavior
Excessive force
Failure to discipline
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
False arrest
Pepper/OC spray
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
State law
Defendant(s) City of Columbus
Plaintiff Description Demonstrators protesting the murder of George Floyd and racial injustice.
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 07/08/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
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Court Docket(s)
S.D. Ohio
05/06/2021
2:20-cv-03431-ALM-KAJ
PN-OH-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
S.D. Ohio
07/08/2020
Complaint [ECF# 1]
PN-OH-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Ohio
09/16/2020
First Amended Complaint [ECF# 2]
PN-OH-0010-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
S.D. Ohio
04/30/2021
Opinion & Order [ECF# 66] (2021 WL 1725554)
PN-OH-0010-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Jolson, Kimberly A Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Gittes, Frederick Martin (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Jacobs, Louis Abraham (California) show/hide docs
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Lipperman, Lathan (Ohio) show/hide docs
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