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1 Hall v. Warren
6:21-cv-06296 (W.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/05/2021 - Case Ongoing
City of Rochester
City of Rochester
Policing
PN-NY-0060
Monroe County
Coding Complete
This is a case about the systemic problematic treatment of protestors and Black and brown communities by the Rochester Police Department (RPD). On April 5, 2021, a Black resident of the City of Rochester and community organizer who was subjected to excessive force during the protests in September 2020, filed this putative class-action lawsuit in ... [view]
2 NAACP v. San Jose
4:21-cv-01705 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 03/11/2021 - Case Ongoing
San Jose
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-CA-0053
Coding Complete
On March 11, 2011, the NAACP and a few other individuals filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of San Jose and public officials. The plaintiffs stated that they were peacefully protesting police brutality and institutionalized racism when San Jose police fired impact munitions and attacked them with flash-bang grenades, chemical weapons, ... [view]
3 Taylor v. Nocco
8:21-cv-00555-SDM-CPT (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 03/10/2021 - Case Ongoing
Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Policing
PN-FL-0009
Pasco County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
4 Sow v. City of New York
1:21-cv-00533 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/21/2021 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
City of New York Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0059
Coding Complete
Ten New York residents, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, brought this class action against the City of New York and the New York City Police Department on January 21, 2021 in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued under 42 U.S.C § 1983 alleging excessive force and unlawful seizure in violation of the Fourth ... [view]
5 People of New York v. New York
1:21-cv-00322 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/14/2021 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
City of New York Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0054
Coding Complete
On behalf of the residents of New York, New York Attorney General Letitia James brought this lawsuit against the New York City Police Department on January 14, 2021 in the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleged that NYPD officers regularly used excessive force against and falsely arrested peaceful protesters exercising their First ... [view]
6 Graham v. District Attorney for Hampden County
SJ-2021-0129 (State Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Policing
PN-MA-0001
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
7 DOJ Investigation of Phoenix Police Department
No Docket (No Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
City of Phoenix
City of Phoenix
Policing
PN-AZ-0005
Maricopa County
Coding In Process
On August 5, 2021, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Police Department. According to the announcement, the investigation, initiated under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, will examine whether the City and the Department ... [view]
8 DOJ Investigation of Louisville Police Department
No Docket (No Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Policing
PN-KY-0002
Jefferson County
Coding In Process
On April 26, 2021, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government (Louisville Metro) and the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). According to Garland, the investigation, initiated under the Violent Crime ... [view]
9 DOJ Investigation of Minneapolis Police Department
No Docket (No Court)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
City of Minneapolis
City of Minneapolis
Policing
PN-MN-0007
Hennepin County
Coding In Process
On April 21, 2021, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced that the Department of Justice (DOJ) was opening a pattern and practice investigation into the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). According to Garland, the investigation, initiated under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 ... [view]
10 Wood v. De Blasio
1:20-cv-10541 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 12/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
City of New York Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0058
Coding Complete
The plaintiff, a 31-year-old resident of Queens, New York, brought this lawsuit against the City of New York and the New York City Police Department on December 14, 2020 in the Southern District of New York. The complaint alleged that NYPD officers, with the approval of their supervisors, regularly used excessive force against and falsely arrested ... [view]
11 Drumwright v. Cole
1:20-cv-00998 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 11/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Alamance County Sheriff's Office
Policing
Election/Voting Rights
PN-NC-0004
Alamance County
Coding Complete
Two consolidated federal district court cases in North Carolina alleged voter intimidation before the November 2020 elections. One was Drumright v. Cole, 1:20-cv-00998; the other was Allen v. City of Graham, 1:20-cv-00997. Both were filed on the same day by participants in the same event. On October 31, 2020, police dispersed an event held in ... [view]
12 Wolfe v. Portland
3:20-cv-01882-BR (D. Or.)
Filed 11/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland Police Bureau
Policing
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PN-OR-0010
Multnomah County
Coding Complete
This case involved allegations that local, state, and federal law enforcement failed to accommodate people with disabilities during public assemblies and protests. Four Portland, Oregon residents with disabilities, along with Disability Rights Oregon, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Portland) on November 1, 2020 ... [view]
13 Payne v. de Blasio
1:20-cv-08924 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
City of New York Police Department
Policing
PN-NY-0057
Coding Complete
This suit was filed by eleven New York residents against the City of New York and the New York City Police Department on October 26, 2020 in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued under 42 U.S.C § 1983 alleging excessive force and unlawful seizure in violation of the Fourth Amendment, as well as retaliation for the exercise of ... [view]
14 Portland v. Barr
3:20-cv-07184 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 10/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Department of Homeland Security
Policing
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PN-CA-0051
Coding Complete
On June 26, 2020, in the midst of widespread racial justice protests challenging police conduct, President Trump signed Executive order 13933, entitled Protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues and Combating Recent Criminal Violence. Days later, Acting Security of Homeland Security Chad Wolf began implementing this Executive Order by ... [view]
15 Detroit Will Breathe v. Detroit
2:20-cv-12363-RHC-APP (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 08/31/2020 - Case Ongoing
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
Detroit Mayor
Policing
PN-MI-0013
Detroit
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on August 31, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs included Detroit Will Breathe (DWB) and fourteen individuals. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, sued the city of Detroit, Mayor Michael Duggan, Police Chief James Craig, and ... [view]
16 Pettibone v. Trump
3:20-cv-01464 (D. Or.)
Filed 08/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Marshals Service
Policing
PN-OR-0009
Coding Complete
This case is about the federal law enforcement mission “Operation Diligent Valor” directed by the Department of Homeland Security against protestors during the widespread racial justice protests in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 2020. Individual Oregon residents along with Black Millennial Movement and Rose City Justice, Inc. brought this ... [view]
17 Ochoa v. Los Angeles
2:20-cv-06963 (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Police Department
Policing
PN-CA-0049
Los Angeles County
Coding Complete
This is a case about harm caused by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) misclassifying residents as gang members or gang associates. On August 2, 2020, five residents of Los Angeles filed this putative class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. They sued the City of Los Angeles under 42 U.S.C. § 19 ... [view]
18 Scott v. Louisville Metro Government
3:20-cv-00535 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 07/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-KY-0001
Jefferson County
Coding Complete
On July 30, 2020, six individual plaintiffs and the Kentucky Alliance Against Racial and Political Repression (KAARPR) filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. They were represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the ACLU of Kentucky Foundation, and ... [view]
19 American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon v. City of Portland
docket unknown (State Court)
Filed 07/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0008
Portland
Coding Complete
This complaint was brought in the County of Multnomah Circuit Court for the State of Oregon on July 29, 2020. The suit was brought by the ACLU of Oregon and an anonymous individual plaintiff ("Protester 1") against the City of Portland. The plaintiffs were represented by attorneys from the ACLU of Oregon and private counsel. The complaint came ... [view]
20 Don't Shoot Portland v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02040 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of DHS Chad Wolf
Department of Homeland Security
Policing
PN-DC-0016
Coding Complete
This complaint was filed on July 27, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs were a group of women and women-founded organizations that were protesting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Portland, Oregon. They were represented by private counsel. After the police killing of George Floyd in ... [view]
21 Wise v. Portland
3:20-cv-01193 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0007
Portland
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on July 22, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon by four individual plaintiffs represented by the ACLU Foundation of Oregon and private counsel. The complaint arose out of the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. After Mr. Floyd's killing protests broke out across ... [view]
22 Black Lives Matter v. Wolf
1:20-cv-04319 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 07/23/2020 - Closed 2021
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf
Department of Homeland Security
Policing
PN-IL-0026
Coding Complete
This complaint was filed on July 23, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The suit was filed by a number of political and legal organizations, as well as a news media organization. These groups included: Black Lives Matter Chicago; Black Abolitionist Network; Chicago Democratic Socialists of America; Good Kids/Mad ... [view]
23 Paul v. Trump
3:20-cv-1188 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/21/2020 - Closed 2020
U.S. President Donald Trump
President Donald Trump
Policing
PN-OR-0005
Coding Complete
This case was filed on July 21, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The lawsuit was brought by a single private individual against President Donald Trump, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, and John Does 1-100, all of whom were unnamed federal agents. The plaintiff was represented by private ... [view]
24 Western States Center v. Department of Homeland Security
3:20-cv-01175-JR (D. Or.)
Filed 07/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Policing
PN-OR-0004
Coding Complete
This lawsuit, filed on July 21, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, was brought by the Western State Center (a public benefit corporation), the First Unitarian Church of Portland, a private individual, and two Oregon State Representatives. Represented by private attorneys, they sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, ... [view]
25 Cruz v. Denver
1:20-cv-01922 (D. Colo.)
Filed 07/17/2020 - Case Ongoing
City and County of Denver
Denver
Policing
PN-CO-0005
Denver County
Coding Complete
This class-action lawsuit was filed on July 1, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. The suit came in response to police tactics used to quell protests in Denver that followed the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. Plaintiffs, seven private individuals, were represented by the civil rights law firm Loevy & Loevy ... [view]
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