Challenging police violence -- a Clearinghouse Special Collection

July 16, 2020

"Fed Goons Out Of PDX" projected onto the front of the Portland Justice Center.

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

  • Curfews
  • 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 clearinghouse@umich.edu.

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.