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People’s Law Office attorney Flint Taylor was on Democracy Now! today discussing the police cover-up and civil case of Marcus Smith, a Black man who was suffering from a mental health crisis, who was brutally and fatally hogtied by 8 white Greensboro NC police officers. Follow the link to listen to the entire interview. More About the Case: Read the
One of the men was shot in the hand, causing severe injury,while the other suffered hearing loss and pain in his ear On the night of December 11, 2020, Chicago Police Officer Kevin Bunge, who was off-duty at the time, fired his gun at two unarmed Latino men who were sitting in a car, posing no risk to anyone. Today,
Fifty-one years ago today, Illinois Black Panther leaders Fred Hampton and Mark Clark were slain by the Chicago police in a murderous pre-dawn raid. Over the next five decades the Hampton and Clark families, their lawyers, the Black Panther Party, movement activists, honest reporters and documentary filmmakers, and peoples’ historians have waged a continuous battle to uncover and speak the
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November 19, 2020 Protesters Against Police Violence Sue Superintendent Brown, CPD and City of Chicago for Racially Motivated Police Violence 60 People – – including members of Black Lives Matter, #LetUsBreathe Collective, GoodKids MadCity – – join together to file an unprecedented lawsuit seeking justice after they were viciously attacked by Chicago Police Officers at the historic protests against racist
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On Sunday, August 2, 2020, five people incarcerated in the Winnebago County Jail filed a class-action lawsuit alleging widespread and systemic violations of the Fourth Amendment rights of people accused of felony charges in Winnebago County. Adults with pending felony charges who are arrested on Friday evenings or on weekends are incarcerated in the Winnebago County Jail and routinely denied
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People’s Law Office attorneys along with lawyers from Loevy & Loevy, Shiller Preyar Jarard & Samuels, Community Justice and Civil Rights Clinic at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, and the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law filed a lawsuit today against the Trump administration to stop the deployment of paramilitary federal agents to Chicago.
Today, we are proud to announce a victory in Chicago Freedom School’s lawsuit against the City of Chicago. Today, the City of Chicago rescinded the cease and desist order it issued to the Chicago Freedom School on May 30, 2020! On May 30, CFS, located in the South Loop, opened its space to provide support (including take-out pizza and store
On May 30, 2020, the Chicago Freedom School, located in the South Loop, opened its space to provide support (including take-out pizza and store bought snacks) and rides home to Black and Brown young people protesting the racist police murders in downtown Chicago. At 11 p.m., several Chicago Police Officers and members of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer
The Cook County Public Defender on Monday joined a broad coalition of community groups, activists, and attorneys in filing a lawsuit against the City of Chicago for denying people in police custody access to counsel and phones. The lawsuit further states that the City’s history of unlawful refusals became more widespread following the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent citywide protests
Today, May 6, is the 5th anniversary of the Reparations legislation. This unprecedented legislation providing reparations to Chicago Police Torture (Burge) survivors passed Chicago’s City Council on May 6, 2015.  The legislation provides concrete, redress for the two decades long pattern of racially motivated police torture committed by and under the command of notorious former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge’s