Defending Democracy and Civil Rights in the Courts and in the Streets
About the PCJF
For more than 25 years, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) has been a leader in the fight to uncompromisingly defend democracy and advance constitutional rights by litigating landmark civil rights and First Amendment cases and providing robust defense to social justice activists and movements. Our work is focused on creating meaningful social and legal changes and dismantling systems of oppression.
PCJF Files Federal Lawsuit Against DC for MPD’s Indiscriminate and Violent Use of Less Lethal Weapons
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund and its Center for Protest Law & Litigation filed a federal lawsuit against the District of Columbia challenging the Metropolitan Police Department’s “repressive and violent tactics including the authorized indiscriminate use of ‘less lethal’ projectile weapons against peaceful protestors and bystanders, gratuitously and without notice or warning and in order to intentionally retaliate against and inflict pain upon protestors challenging policing in our society.”
The lawsuit seeks to end the MPD’s unconstitutional and punitive tactics of indiscriminately deploying less lethal weapons, including maiming projectiles, into crowds of persons engaged in First Amendment protected activities, in particular those challenging racist police violence.
PCJF Files Class Action Lawsuit Against San Francisco for its Treatment and Illegal Arrest of More Than 100 Children and Young Adults
The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund filed a federal civil rights class lawsuit against San Francisco and police commanders on behalf of children and young adults arrested in July 2023 at a community event that occurred in Dolores Park in San Francisco, California.
PCJF Files Federal Lawsuit Against DC for MPD’s Indiscriminate and Violent Use of Less Lethal Weapons Against Racial Justice Protests
The PCJF and its Center for Protest Law & Litigation, filed a federal lawsuit against the District of Columbia challenging MPD's “repressive and violent tactics including the authorized indiscriminate use of ‘less lethal’ projectile weapons against peaceful protestors and bystanders."
San José City Council OKs $3.35 Million Settlement for Five Racial Justice Protestors Attacked by San José Police
Racial justice protestors who were attacked and injured by the San José Police Department in May 2020 will receive $3.35 million in a settlement approved by the City Council.
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The Center for Protest Law & Litigation at the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund filed a motion in…
Four teens sue San Francisco and police chief over mass arrest of youths at ‘Hill Bomb’ skateboarding event
Excerpt from NBC News. Every year, throngs of youths descend upon San Francisco’s Mission District for a skateboarding event, but this year festivities ended in chaos with police arresting over 100 young people.
Excerpt from the Washington Post. San Francisco now faces a class-action lawsuit alleging that the roughly 80 juveniles corralled by police were wrongfully detained.
Excerpt from 48 Hills By Tim Redmond | Read the full story here. Attorneys for four young people arrested…
The city of San Francisco, its police department and several others were named in a lawsuit over the arrests that happened during the 2023 Dolores Park Hill Bomb.
A group of teenagers are suing over San Francisco’s police crackdown on the Dolores Park Hill Bomb, a yearly skating event that this past summer led to mass arrests of more than 100 people—most of them children.