CASE #42 – Davis et al. v. Williams et al.

Parish: Orleans Police Department: Louisiana State Police The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with the University of Georgia Appellate Litigation Clinic, is appearing before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of Remingtyn Williams, Lauren Chustz, and Bilal Ali-Bey—putative class action plaintiffs whose protest after George Floyd’s murder was dispersed […]

CASE #41 – Hinson v. Martin

Parish: DeSoto Police Department: DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Nickelson Law PLLC and Covington & Burling LLP, is now representing Jason Hinson—a man who was seriously injured by a police canine during his apprehension and arrest by the DeSoto Parish Sherriff’s Office.  The complaint, which was filed pro se, […]

CASE #40 – Olive v. Tubbs et al.

Parish: Morehouse Police Department: Morehouse Parish Sheriff’s Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Covington & Burling LLP are representing Tamekia Olive in a lawsuit against Investigator Alvin Holmes from the Morehouse Parish Sherriff’s Department (“MPSO”), along with Sheriff Mike Tubbs in his official capacity as Sheriff.  The complaint seeks to address the […]

CASE #39 – Odoms v. Cammon

Parish: Orleans Police Department: Louisiana State Police The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana (ACLU-LA) represented Executive Director Alanah Odoms in a lawsuit against Louisiana State Police (LSP) for the release of public records regarding its use of racist facial recognition technology after LSP denied requests for the information. In 2019, Odoms learned that LSP’s […]

CASE #38 – Clark v. Hotard et al.

Parish: Livingston Police Department(s): Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office; and Denham Springs Police Department. The Social Justice Legal Foundation and the ACLU of Louisiana are representing Alexander Clark in a lawsuit against the Sheriff of Livingston Parish, several of his officers, the Chief of Police of Denham Springs, several of his officers, and the City of […]

CASE #37 – Hutchinson-Harper v. Jefferson Parish School Board et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office The ACLU of Louisiana’s Justice Lab and Tulane’s Civil Rights and Federal Practice Clinic are representing the parents of a ten-year-old Black student with disabilities in a lawsuit against the Jefferson Parish School Board and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, whom police put in a chokehold and […]

CASE #36 – Howard v. City of Jennings, Mendoza, Bergeaux and Amrine

Parish: Jefferson Davis Police Departments: Jennings Police Department and Welsh Police Department     The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz are representing Talj Howard in a lawsuit against the City of Jennings, Eduardo Mendoza, a patrolman of the Jennings Police Department, Christopher Bergeaux, a sergeant of the Jennings Police Department […]

CASE #35 – Mills v. Connelly et al.

Parish: West Baton Rouge Police Department: West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office The Social Justice Legal Foundation and the ACLU of Louisiana are representing Nia Mills, a Black woman from Jackson, Mississippi, in her lawsuit against the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff and several officers in his office. The complaint “seeks to address a culture […]

CASE #34 – Washington et al. v. Smith et al.

Parish: St. Tammany Police Department: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union and Linklaters LLP are representing Bruce Washington and Gregory Lane in a lawsuit against Officers Alexander Thomas, Sean Wood, Jackson Bridel, and John Doe from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office (STPSO), along with Randy Smith in his official capacity […]

Case #33 – Maddox v. Walker et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Gilbert LLP are representing Marrero resident Steven Maddox in a lawsuit against Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputies Geoffry Walker and Justin Labadie. On February 13, 2020, Mr. Maddox was walking home after completing a full day of school and […]

CASE #32 – Tapps v. McClendon et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Cooley LLP, and Aaron & Gianna, PLC are representing Kenner resident Frances Tapps in a lawsuit against Randolph “Randy” McClendon, a former Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) deputy; Joseph P. Lopinto, the Sheriff of Jefferson Parish; and HUM Management, LLC, Ms. Tapps’ former landlord. […]

CASE #31 – Bledsoe v. Willis et al.

Parish: Caddo Police Department: Shreveport Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and BakerHostetler are representing Gregory James Bledsoe, against employees from the Shreveport Police Department and Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office. On August 4, 2015, an officer with the Shreveport Police Department responded to reports of an alleged burglary of a residence. The […]

CASE #30 – Brooks, on behalf of minor child. A.B. v. Kahrs et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, Roche Freedman LLP, and Aaron & Gianna, PLC are representing Shavonda Brooks, on behalf of her minor child, “A.B.”, against Sheriff Joseph P. Lopinto and other employees from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (“JPSO”). On December 14, 2020, A.B. and […]

CASE #29 – Kennedy v. Jackson et al.

Parish: Caddo Police Department: Shreveport Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and global law firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP represent Mr. Brandon Kennedy in a civil-rights action against two officers of the Shreveport Police Department in their individual capacities, and Shreveport Police Chief Wayne Smith and the records custodians of the […]

Case #28 – Monroe v. Conner et al.

Parish: Caddo Police Department: Louisiana State Police The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana represents Mr. Anthony Monroe in a civil rights action against state troopers from the Louisiana State Police for the illegal arrest and use of excessive force against him.  Mr. Monroe was another unarmed, nonthreatening Black man who was just trying to […]

Case #27 – Paul v. Walsdorf et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department:  Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Cooley LLP are representing Nathasia Paul in a civil rights lawsuit against Sheriff Joseph P. Lopinto, III, Deputy Chief of Special Investigations, Curtis P. Matthews, and several law enforcement officers from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (“JPSO”). On November […]

Case #26 – Harveston v. Depew et al.

Parish: East Feliciana Police Department(s): Jackson Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and King & Spalding LLP are representing Chastity Harveston in a civil rights lawsuit against a police officer from the Jackson, Louisiana Police Department, as well as the Town of Jackson. Ms. Harveston’s Complaint describes how, on November 4, 2020, […]

CASE #25 – Stewart v. Loftin et al.

Parish: Richland Police Department(s): Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office; and Louisiana State Police. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Perkins Coie LLP are representing Glen Stewart in a civil rights lawsuit against law enforcement officers with the Richland Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police, and against those agencies that employ them. On […]

CASE #24 – Nevarez v. Coleman et al.

Parish: Terrebonne Police Department(s): Houma Police Department; Terrebonne Police Department; and Louisiana State Police. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Akerman LLP, is representing the surviving wife and children of Miguel Nevarez, a 36-year-old Afro-Latino man who officers fatally shot 17 times in October 2020. The lawsuit names six Houma Police Department officers, including […]

CASE #23 – Danks v. Grayson et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Kenner Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. and Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC commenced a civil rights action against ten Kenner police officers, the Kenner Police Chief, and the City of Kenner, for the unlawful arrest and use […]

Case #22 – Brown v. Pouncy et al.

Parish: Desoto Police Department: Desoto Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana along with Covington & Burling LLP represent Mr. Jarius Brown in a civil rights action against officers from the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Louisiana State Police Department. The lawsuit asserts that on September 27, 2019, while in custody for […]

CASE #21 – Davis v. Fernandez et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Gretna Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with Venable LLP, sued three Gretna Police Department officers for the unjust arrest of a Black woman in September 2020. The lawsuit asserts that the officers violated Hope Davis’s Fourth Amendment rights by arresting and detaining her without probable cause. […]

Case #20 – Decquir v. Bentel et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with Alston & Bird LLP, has sued Sheriff Joseph P. Lopinto, III and several officers from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (“JPSO”) for the racist and ruthless attack of Xavimen Decquir, a Black man who was in their custody […]

CASE #19 – Fogleman-Laxey v. Guilory et al.

Parish: Lafayette Police Department: Lafayette Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Kelley Drye & Warren are representing Tara Fogleman-Laxey in a civil rights action against several city officials of Lafayette, including the mayor, sheriff, and police officers involved in her arrest. Ms. Fogleman-Laxey’s complaint describes how she was wrongfully arrested after […]

CASE #18 – Jackson v. Snow et al.

Parish: Lafourche Police Department: Thibodaux Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Fish & Richardson P.C. are representing Mr. Yohann Jackson—a Black man suffering from palsy—in a civil rights action against several officers from the Thibodaux, Louisiana Police Department and the City of Thibodaux. This case arises from an encounter Mr. Jackson […]

CASE #17 – White v. Depew et al.

Parish: East Feliciana Police Department: Jackson Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and King & Spalding LLP are representing Craig White in a civil rights lawsuit against a police officer from the Jackson, Louisiana Police Department, as well as the Town of Jackson. Mr. White’s complaint describes how, on August 6, 2020, […]

CASE #16 – Suggs v. Mikkelsen et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department(s): Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office; and East Jefferson Levee District Police Department. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C., is currently representing Alexis Suggs in a civil rights action against various police officers from the East Jefferson […]

CASE #15 – Otkins v. Gilboy et al.

Parish: St. Charles Police Department: St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with Kuchler Polk Weiner LLC, are representing Mr. Cedric Otkins Jr. in a civil rights action against several officers from the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Otkins’ complaint describes how, on July 1, 2020 he was […]

CASE #14 – Durapau v. McLin et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C., are representing Nathan Durapau in a civil rights action against various officers from the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Durapau’s complaint describes how, on June 16, 2020, at the conclusion of a […]

CASE #13 – Hankins v. Wheeler et al.

Parish: Orleans Police Department(s): Orleans Levee District Police Department; and Housing Authority New Orleans. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Cooley LLP are representing Bilal Hankins in a civil rights action against multiple law enforcement officers and agencies in New Orleans for their unlawful, racially motivated traffic stop and use of excessive force […]

CASE #12 – Dunn v. Fontenot et al.

Parish: Acadia Police Department: Eunice Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Sidley Austin LLP, is representing Lieutenant Michael Dunn in an action against the City of Eunice, Louisiana, its Chief of Police, and others individuals in the Eunice Police Department. Through his lawsuit, Lt. Dunn blows the whistle on pervasive misconduct […]

CASE #11 – Perkins v. Hart et al.

Parish: St. Tammany Police Department: St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and Reid Collins & Tsai LLP are representing Teliah C. Perkins in a civil rights action against two deputies from the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office. Ms. Perkins’ complaint describes how, on May 5, 2020, she was violently […]

CASE #10 – Beauregard v. Breaux et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: Gretna Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with Alston & Bird LLP, has sued numerous Gretna Police Department officers for the racist and brutal assault of a Black man last May. The lawsuit asserts that numerous Gretna Police Department officers violated Kevin Beauregard’s Fourth Amendment rights by […]

CASE #9 – Watkins v. Fox et al.

Parish: Tangipahoa Police Department: Hammond Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Holwell Shuster & Goldberg LLP, is representing Mr. Timothy Watkins, a Black man who was severely injured during the course of his arrest on a minor shoplifting charge. During his arrest, Mr. Watkins—who was unarmed, fully cooperative, and posed no threat […]

CASE #8 – Williams et al. v. Ferguson et al.

Parish: Orleans Police Department(s): New Orleans Police Department; Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office; and Louisiana State Police. The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, is now representing Remingtyn A. Williams, Lauren E. Chustz, and Bilal Ali-Bey, on behalf of themselves and all other persons similarly situated in Louisiana who participated […]

CASE #7 – Celestine v. Bissell et al.

Parish: Orleans Police Department: New Orleans Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Venable LLP, is now representing Mr. Michael Celestine—a Black man who was chased, seized, and arrested after an officer noted an alleged “bulge” in his clothing. Mr. Celestine spent more than a year incarcerated during the deadly COVID-19 pandemic before his criminal […]

CASE #6 – Pigott, et al. v. Gintz

Parish: Rapides Police Department: Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office After 15-year-old K.P. begged the officer through tears, “please don’t shoot my daddy,” the officer, who was holding a gun to the child’s father’s head, turned the gun on K.P. and his two friends. That April 17, 2020 was an evening of terror for Wesley Pigott and […]

CASE #5 – Thomas v. Tewis et al.

Parish: Jefferson Police Department: East Jefferson Levee District Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, is now representing Ms. Deanna Thomas—a Black woman presently experiencing homelessness, who was arrested for camping on a levee in Laketown Park. During the arrest, while Ms. Thomas was retrieving her belongings, one […]

CASE #4 – Stevenson v. Gautreaux

Parish: East Baton Rouge Police Department: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with UCI Irvine Law School Civil Rights Litigation Clinic, is representing the estate of Mr. Travis Stevenson, a Black man who was experiencing a mental health crisis when he was fatally shot by East Baton Rouge sheriff’s […]

CASE #3 – Sampy v. Rabb et al.

Parish: Lafayette Police Department: Lafayette Police Department The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP and Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC, is now representing Mr. Raynaldo Sampy—a Black man who was asleep and pulled from his parked truck, repeatedly thrown onto the pavement face first, and pinned down with officers’ knees on his […]

CASE #2 – Johnson v. Turner et al.

Parish: Orleans Police Department: Harbor Police Department of the Port of New Orleans The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, along with Dorsey & Whitney LLP, sued New Orleans Harbor police officers for the unjust and racist arrest of a Black woman last February. The lawsuit asserts that the Harbor Police Department officers violated Shauna Johnson’s Fourth […]

CASE #1 – Beroid v. LaFleur et al.

Parish: Jefferson Davis Police Department: Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana, alongside Peter Sullivan, Rumbidzai Maweni, Ethan Severance, and Rachel Davidson of Foley Hoag LLP, sued officers of the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office for the unlawful use of a Taser on Chance Beroid, a Black man, last March. The […]

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