The Victims of the Patriot Act

Since its establishment in 2001, civil rights groups have been up in arms about the Patriot Act.  Though its aim is to bolster efforts to investigate terrorism, its broad reach and ambiguous language led many to worry that warrantless wiretaps and detention without charge could be used and abused by the American government. While others… Read More

Prison Gerrymandering – Prisoner Population Counts and Their Effect on Democracy

The practice of gerrymandering—the manipulation of electoral district borders to the benefit of one political party over its rival—has been a feature of American democracy for centuries. Gerrymandering has had a profound effect on the political landscape nationwide at both the state and federal levels, tipping the scales in favor of those who draw electoral… Read More

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records of SWAT Responses to Mental Health Crises

City Refusal to Release Data About SWAT Team Deployments Since Closures of Mental Health Clinics Prompts Suit CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records about Chicago SWAT deployments responding to mental health crises. A copy of the suit can be found… Read More

Mom Sues Cop Who Killed Her Unarmed Son

After repeatedly tazing and beating a man who was begging for his life, Knox County cop shot him twice, committing “intentional homicide” LONDON, KY – A mother today sued in federal court Knox County, a Knox County sherriff’s deputy, and Knox County constable for allowing the deputy to repeatedly taze her unarmed, non-resisting son, beat… Read More

Victim of Notorious Frame-Up Cop Sues Chicago in Federal Court

Jose Montanez Was Wrongfully Imprisoned 23 Years Thanks to Disgraced Det. Reynaldo Guevara Today a man who lost 23 years of his life serving time in a prison for a crime he didn’t commit, is suing in federal court a disgraced former police detective who used dozens of frame-ups to advance his career. While serving… Read More

Innocent Cousins Sue Corrupt Police Who Framed Them for Murder

Bell County woman and man framed for murder and locked up for years in a death penalty case, only to have charges dismissed LEXINGTON, KY – Cousins Amanda Hoskins and Jonathan Taylor today sued police officers working for the Kentucky State Police, Knox County Sheriff’s Department, and Barbourville Police Department in federal court for framing… Read More

Civil Rights Group Sues Chicago Over Preservation of 911 Tapes

City Routinely Violates the Law By Destroying Tapes After Only 30 Days, Jeopardizing Defendants’ Ability to Challenge Police & Others’ Accounts of Crimes CHICAGO – Attorneys with the Chicago Civil Rights Project filed suit against the City of Chicago today for the failure of the City’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications to routinely preserve… Read More

Record Wisconsin Settlement for Police Shooting of Tony Robinson, Jr.

Unarmed Teenager Was Shot by a Madison Police Officer At a news conference this afternoon in Madison, WI, the family of Tony Robinson, Jr. and their attorneys will be discussing the $3.35 million settlement of the case, which exceeds by more than $1 million the previous record in Wisconsin for a police-officer shooting suit. Tony… Read More