The Office of the District of Columbia Auditor (ODCA) issued a report today criticizing the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department for failing to abide by the law and refusing to release to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund documents regarding Chief Peter Newsham's controversial handling of the January 20th protests against the incoming Trump Administration.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court turned its back on the First Amendment and denied the constitutional rights case challenging the mass false arrest of 700 people at an Occupy Wall St. protest. In refusing to consider the arrestees' appeal, the Court let stand a Second Circuit ruling that poses a clear and present danger to democracy, free speech and a free press.
PCJF Sends Open Letter to DC Council: Last-Minute Revelations Require There Should Be No Confirmation of Newsham Prior to Independent Investigation Into Police Actions of January 20, 2017 | Action Alert: Call the DC Council!
The PCJF is proud to be part of the legal team litigating in federal court against the violent, militarized police suppression of Water Protectors at Standing Rock. The WPLC filed Dundon v. Kirchmeier, a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging law enforcement's excessive, indiscriminate and mass brutal force against Water Protectors.
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department to obtain the release of documents regarding interim Chief Peter Newsham's controversial handling of the January 20th protests against the incoming Trump Administration. Read more
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced Peter Newsham as her pick to be chief of the DC Metropolitan Police Department. The PCJF is calling on the D.C. Council to reject the mayor’s appointment of Newsham, and we hope that you will join us at the public hearing on Friday, March 24. Read more
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and co-counsel Paul Hughes of Mayer Brown LLP and the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic have filed a petition for certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Newsham is a serial mass violator of civil rights and is not fit to be Chief of Police.