Resource: Puente v. City of Phoenix

By: ACLU of Arizona

September 1, 2018

ACLU of Arizona

In September 2018, the ACLU of Arizona and civil rights firm Hadsell Stormer & Renick LLP filed a class action suit on behalf of the community organizations Puente, Poder in Action, and four individuals, against the City of Phoenix, Police Chief Jeri Williams, and a number of other officers. The lawsuit asks the court to prohibit Phoenix police from using excessive force in the future and seeks financial damages for all people whose First Amendment rights of free speech and assembly were violated by the Phoenix Police Department’s violent dispersal of protesters.