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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 participating in the protests in the wake of 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 ... read more >
Thirteen demonstrators participating in the protests in the wake of 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 Algnenon 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 wanted the court to enjoin the defendants from using non-lethal force such as tear gas, flash-bang grenades, or batons on nonviolent protestors.

As of March 12, the case remains ongoing.

Justin Hill - 03/12/2021


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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
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 granted Moot
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
Court Docket(s)
S.D. Ohio
03/10/2021
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]
not recorded
04/09/2021
Plush Family and Cincinnati Agree to 911 Improvements and Financial Settlement
PN-OH-0010-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
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Judges Jolson, Kimberly A Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Marbley, Algenon L. (S.D. Ohio) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Brown, Chanda L (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Forman, Edward Reilley (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Gerhardstein, Alphonse A. (Ohio) 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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Marshall, John Spencely (Ohio) show/hide docs
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McNamara, James Donald (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Rettig, Madeline Jean (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Robinson, Helen M (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Schlein, Samuel M. (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Vardaro, Jeffrey Paul (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Walton, Sean L Jr (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Arbogast, Janet R Hill (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Halloran, Michael R (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Lipperman, Lathan (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Noble, Andria C (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Phillips, Westley Matthew (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Steinberg, Stephen Jeffrey (Ohio) show/hide docs
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Tanoury, Alana V. (Ohio) show/hide docs
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