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.

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 of excessive force against an unarmed and […]

Case #22 – Brown v. Pouncy et al.

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 nonviolent vehicle offenses, Plaintiff Jarius Brown was brutally […]

CASE #21 – Davis v. Fernandez et al.

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. The suit also claims that Ms. Davis’s […]

Case #20 – Decquir v. Bentel et al.

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 last September. The lawsuit asserts that several officers […]

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

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 peacefully exercising her First Amendment right to […]

CASE #18 – Jackson v. Snow et al.

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 had with officers from the Thibodaux Police […]

CASE #17 – White v. Depew et al.

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, he was driving normally by himself when a […]

CASE #16 – Suggs v. Mikkelsen et al.

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 Levee District Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office. Mrs. Suggs’s complaint describes how, […]

CASE #15 – Otkins v. Gilboy et al.

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 unreasonably detained and his vehicle illegally searched.  Mr. Otkins stopped […]

CASE #14 – Durapau v. McLin et al.

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 protest against police brutality, he was violently arrested […]

CASE #13 – Hankins v. Wheeler et al.

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 on June 13, 2020. This case arises out of a traumatic encounter 18-year-old Bilal […]

CASE #12 – Dunn v. Fontenot et al.

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 and corruption within the Eunice Police Department […]

CASE #11 – Perkins v. Hart et al.

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 tackled, pinned, and arrested on the driveway of her own […]

CASE #10 – Beauregard v. Breaux et al.

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 assaulting Mr. Beauregard while he was handcuffed […]

CASE #9 – Watkins v. Fox et al.

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 or risk of flight—pleaded with the arresting […]

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

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 in peaceful protest in the wake of George Floyd’s tragic murder and were met with excessive […]

CASE #7 – Celestine v. Bissell et al.

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 charges, including resisting an officer, were dismissed.  On […]

CASE #6 – Pigott, et al. v. Gintz

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 his two children, K.P. and Mya, and has […]

CASE #5 – Thomas v. Tewis et al.

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 officer handcuffed her and, while she was still handcuffed, knocked […]

CASE #4 – Stevenson v. Gautreaux

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 deputies. Mr. Stevenson’s counsel filed a reply to the government’s […]

CASE #3 – Sampy v. Rabb et al.

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 neck, back, and legs. This […]

CASE #2 – Johnson v. Turner et al.

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 Amendment rights by arresting her without probable cause. It also claims […]

CASE #1 – Beroid v. LaFleur et al.

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 officers entered Mr. Beroid’s parents’ home without permission, and, […]

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