Oscar Grant Mass Arrest

Spalding et al v. City of Oakland et al

United States District Court, Northern District of California

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Free Speech, Police Misconduct

The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has joined with National Lawyers Guild attorneys in filing a federal class action lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department and other agencies. The lawsuit, filed June 13, 2011, challenges the unconstitutional mass arrest of 150 protestors demonstrating against the light sentence given to Office Johnannes Mehserle, the BART police officer who killed Oscar Grant.

On November 5, 2010, the police stopped the lawful First Amendment protected activity, forced protestors onto a side street, where without warning, demonstrators and bystanders were trapped, detained, prevented from dispersing, and arrested without probable cause.  Those arrested were held in abusive conditions of confinement, for up to 24 hours in overcrowded holding cells without cots or even room to lie on the floor. Women who were arrested were forced to undergo pregnancy testing. None of the class members were ever charged.

The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief as well as monetary damages. The complaint may be read here.

Updates & Commentary

Class-action settlement of lawsuit stemming from 2010 mass arrests in Oakland receives preliminary approval

If you believe you are member of the class you must file a claim by Aug. 5
The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has granted preliminary approval for a class action settlement agreement resulting from the mass arrests of anti-police brutality protesters on Nov. 5, 2010 in Oakland, Calif. more >>