University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Challenging police violence -- a Clearinghouse Special Collection
July 16, 2020
Minneapolis police officers killed George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, on May 25, 2020. Nationwide protests followed, often under the banner "Black Lives Matter." A Clearinghouse Special Collection brings together relevant litigation, including cases that challenge
    Police use of chemical agents, rubber bullets, etc.
    Police arrests/assaults of reporters
    Denial of permits
    Excessive force and unlawful arrests
    Race discrimination against protesters/media
    Dispersal of protests in violation of the First Amendment
The collection focuses on group cases and class actions, rather than individual damage actions. It is growing; please send any suggestions for inclusion to

The special collection is here.

A subset of this collection are cases challenging federal police in particular, Washington DC, Portland, and other cities, as they've been deployed by the Administration and clashed with protesters. Those cases are pulled out here.