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Police Violence Protests (Spring/Summer 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." This 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 below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 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]
2 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]
3 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]
4 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]
5 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]
6 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]
7 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]
8 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]
9 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]
10 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]
11 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]
12 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]
13 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]
14 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]
15 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]
16 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]
17 Rosenblum v. John Does 1-10
3:20-cv-01161 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/17/2020 - Closed 2020
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Policing
PN-OR-0006
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed by the State of Oregon through Ellen Rosenblum, the Oregon Attorney General, on July 17, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The State sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), and Federal Protective Service, as well as ... [view]
18 Uniformed Fire Officers Association v. DeBlasio
1:20-cv-05441 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/14/2020 - Case Ongoing
Chairman
Civilian Complaint Review Board
Policing
PN-NY-0050
New York City
Coding Complete
This case was originally filed on July 14, 2020 in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, New York County. Plaintiffs were a collection of New York emergency services associations, including the Uniformed Fire Officers Association, the Uniformed Firefighters Association of Greater New York, the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association of ... [view]
19 Alsaada v. City of Columbus
2:20-cv-03431 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 07/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Columbus
Policing
PN-OH-0010
Columbus
Coding Complete
Thirteen demonstrators protesting 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 ... [view]
20 NAACP v. Peterman
1:20-cv-613 (M.D. N.C.)
Filed 07/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Mayor of Graham
Graham
Policing
PN-NC-0003
Graham
Coding Complete
The complaint for this case was filed on July 2, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The complaint challenged an ordinance in Graham, North Carolina that forced would-be organizers of protests to obtain a permit from the city at least twenty four hours in advance. The ordinance gave the police chief total ... [view]
21 Rulli v. Pittsburgh
2:20-cv-00965-CB-LPL (W.D. Pa.)
Filed 06/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Pittsburgh
Policing
PN-PA-0023
Coding Complete
On June 29, 2020, six named plaintiffs filed this class-action lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh and various elected and police officials in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The case was assigned to Judge Cathy Bissoon. The plaintiffs were non-violent protesters who gathered to protest police brutality in the wake of George Floyd's ... [view]
22 Index Newspapers LLC v. City of Portland
3:20-cv-1035 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0003
Portland
Coding Complete
This class action lawsuit was filed on June 28, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The case was brought by members of the media and legal observers against the City of Portland and sixty unnamed Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers amidst the protests that followed the police killing of George Floyd. Plaintiffs were ... [view]
23 Jeffery v. City of New York
1:20-cv-02843 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of New York
New York City
Policing
PN-NY-0049
New York
Coding Complete
On June 26, 2020, three private individuals filed this class-action lawsuit against the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Governor Andrew Cuomo, and fifty police officers of unknown identities. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and plaintiffs were represented by private counsel. The ... [view]
24 Crane v. Fort Wayne
1:20-cv-00240 (N.D. Ind.)
Filed 06/26/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IN-0004
Fort Wayne
Coding Complete
On June 26, 2020, three individuals filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. The suit arose out of the protests that swept the nation following the police killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. The suit alleged that Fort Wayne Police Officers used chemical weapons, flash bang grenades, and rubber bullets ... [view]
25 Chicago Freedom School v. Chicago
1:20-cv-03718 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/25/2020 - Closed 2020
City of Chicago
Chicago
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-IL-0025
Chicago
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was brought on June 25, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. This complaint was filed in response to police conduct amidst the protests that followed the killing of George Floyd in May of 2020. However, unlike most other cases in this collection, the conduct of the police in this case were aimed at ... [view]
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