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.
Legal InformationSpalding et al v. City of Oakland et al'United States District Court, Northern District of California'
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