Campaigns and Cases:
Free Speech

The following is a partial list of campaigns and cases.

OWS Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrests

Garcia v. Bloomberg
Attorneys from the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on Oct. 4 filed a class action lawsuit against Mayor Bloomberg, Police Commissioner Kelly and the City of New York, charging mass violations of constitutional rights in the trap and detain mass arrest of 700 demonstrators on the Brooklyn Bridge this past Saturday, October 1, 2011. The lawsuit charges that "the NYPD engaged in a premeditated, planned, scripted, and calculated effort to sweep the streets of protestors and disrupt a growing protest movement in New York." more >>

Oscar Grant Mass Arrest

Spalding et al v. City of Oakland et al
A major class action lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department (OPD) in the United States District Court. The lawsuit asserts constitutional violations stemming from the November 5, 2010, mass arrest of 150 peaceful protesters following the sentencing of Johannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who killed Oscar Grant. more >>

The Brutal Arrest and Political Targeting of Ray McGovern

Lawsuit Challenges Brutal Arrest at Clinton speech
After his brutal arrest at a Hillary Clinton speech, the State Dept. put him on a list to be stopped and questioned on sight, citing his political activism. more >>
This case has been ruled on

Bush's 2005 Inauguration: Against the Privatization of Pennsylvania Avenue

ANSWER Coalition, et al. v. Dirk Kempthorne, Secretary of the Interior, et al.
PCJ established that the National Park Service (NPS) violated its own regulations in order to give preferential treatment to the government-approved group, the private Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC), and that it engaged in illegal discrimination by excluding those whose views do not conform to the administration. more >>
This case has been settled

The Fight for the Great Lawn of Central Park

National Council of Arab Americans and the A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition v. The City of New York City,
The Partnership for Civil Justice has announced the filing in Court of a landmark settlement agreement with the City of New York that strikes down key provisions of controversial and unconstitutional regulations aimed at restricting access to the Great Lawn of Central Park more >>

Mass False Arrests: 2003 Miami FTAA Protests

Killmon, et al. v. City of Miami, et al.
The PCJ, working as part of a team of attorneys from the National Lawyers Guild Mass Defense Committee, has brought this action to challenge the mass false arrests of, and unreasonable force against, lawful demonstrators during the protests of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in November 2003 in Miami. more >>

Police Riot at April 2003 Protest

Mark Frucht and Sean Taft-Morales v. District of Columbia, et al.
This litigation was filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice on behalf of demonstrators who were assaulted in a police riot against a permitted anti-war demonstration protesting the occupation of Iraq on April 12, 2003. more >>
This case has been settled

Sept. 2002 Pershing Park Mass False Arrests

Jeffrey Barham, et al. v. Chief Charles H. Ramsey, et al.
On the morning of September 27, 2002, the D.C. Police Department working with the U.S. Park Police encircled Pershing Park, refused to allow anyone to leave and then arrested and hog-tied peaceful demonstrators, tourists, passers-by, and legal observers. Many were bound wrist to ankle on a police gym floor for upwards of 24 hours. more >>

Arrested for Protesting in Black

The "Stirfry" Case: Elizabeth Bolger, et al. v. District of Columbia, et al.
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 associated with, anarchists. more >>
This case has been settled

2001 Inaugural Protests: Illegal Domestic Spying Operation Exposed

International Action Center v. United States of America, et al.
This litigation, brought by the Partnership for Civil Justice also on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, first exposed the use of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Forces against political dissenters, and revealed that the District of Columbia police department has been carrying out an illegal ongoing domestic spying operation in which officers are sent on long-term assignments to pose as political activists. more >>
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