On April 20, 2002, mass (false) arrests occurred as a day of lawful mass demonstration against U.S. war in the Middle East was winding down in Washington, D.C.
This ground-breaking constitutional rights lawsuit charges that local and federal law enforcement violated the U.S. Constitution by singling out people for arrest based on their perceived political ideology targeting persons the government perceived by their manner of dress to be, or to associate with, Anarchists. As in decades past, the government has again targeted those who it has categorized as political opponents as part of the Anarchist movement, in this particular instance falsely arresting a group eating Stir-fry food - most of whom were wearing black and carrying political literature - as a day of lawful mass demonstration against U.S. war in the Middle East was winding down. Federal agents were on site to use the false arrests for intelligence gathering, video interviewing selected activists, and reviewing and taking images of their political literature and materials.
The Partnership for Civil Justice successfully secured the expungement of the arrest records for those arrested, and now seeks to hold the government accountable in this constitutional rights civil litigation.
Legal InformationThe 'Stirfry' Case: Elizabeth Bolger, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al.U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia03-CV-906Error in tag 'tag' - No such tag slug bolger_stirfry_document
Press CoverageThe District agreed to pay $450,000 Monday to eight war protesters to settle a civil lawsuit they filed after a 2002 interrogation. The protesters had alleged that FBI agents had detained them in a Washington parking garage and interrogated them on videotape about their beliefs.A Black Mark D.C. police and the FBI need to explain their actions in a 2002 protest incident. Washington Post Editorial Wednesday, April 11, 2007 IF YOU DON'T like something your government is doing, you should be able to come to Washington, D.A secret FBI intelligence unit helped detain a group of war protesters in a downtown Washington parking garage in April 2002 and interrogated some of them on videotape about their political and religious beliefs, newly uncovered documents and interviews show.