Issues & Case Updates

The People’s Law Office filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of Richard J. Gonzalez’s estate in 2013, naming Ford County IL, its sheriff and four corrections officers for failing to provide proper medical treatment to Mr. Gonzalez, who later was found dead in his cell, and for lying about the timing of his death. Click here to read more
For over a quarter century the People’s Law Office has helped expose and represent people tortured under former police Cmdr. Jon Burge. Recently, the artist and activist-led collective, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) selected a design for a public memorial to honor the Burge torture survivors. The memorial is called Breath, Form & Freedom. It was designed by Chicago artists
May 25, 2019 People’s Law Office and the Abolitionist Law Center are proud to share that Janet Holloway Africa and Janine Phillips Africa of the MOVE 9 have been released from Pennsylvania state custody after more than forty years of incarceration. Earlier this morning, the MOVE sisters were finally released on parole from SCI Cambridge Springs and are now with family
PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, May 15, 2019 CONTACT: Brad Thomson, People’s Law Office, (773) 235-0070 ext. 123 Illinois Prisoners File First Amendment Lawsuit Demanding Return of Debate Program IDOC officials opposed prisoners addressing Illinois legislators regarding parole and they retaliated by cancelling a debate program Five prisoners at Stateville Correctional Center have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against
Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 10:12 a.m. CT May 7, 2019 The family of Derek Williams, who died after begging for help and gasping for breath in the back of a Milwaukee police squad car, will receive a $2 million settlement in a long-running civil rights suit against the city, attorneys said Tuesday.  The settlement comes eight years after Williams’ death in
Alonzo Smith with People’s Law Office attorneys Brad Thomson (left), Joey Mogul (second from left) and Flint Taylor (right) Today, Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Erica L. Reddick granted Alonzo Smith’s petition for a Certificate of Innocence. Mr. Smith was represented by a team of attorneys from People’s Law Office, led by Joey Mogul, along with Ben Elson, Flint
Order your copy at haymarketbooks.org With his colleagues at the People’s Law Office (PLO), Taylor has argued landmark civil rights cases that have exposed corruption and cover-ups within the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and throughout the city’s corrupt political machine. The Torture Machine takes the reader from the 1969 murders of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark
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Attorneys for Plaintiff Rafael Rosales, who was brutally attacked by former Milwaukee Police Officer Michael Gasser, have today filed a multi-count federal civil rights lawsuit seeking damages against the City of Milwaukee, Gasser, and numerous other MPD officers. As alleged in the complaint, after surrendering to police following a car chase, Rosales was attacked by Gasser, who kicked Rosales in
Markham Firefighter Sues Chicago Cops for False Arrest After a community cleanup in Englewood, volunteers end up in violent confrontation with dozens of cops. November 15, 2018 By Maya Dukmasova On an April afternoon in 2017, 35-year-old Vairrun Strickland came to the intersection of 63rd and Ashland in Englewood with dozens of other people wearing black T-shirts and brandishing green, red,