Class Action Lawsuit Targets Chicago Police Discriminatory Policies

June 16, 2017

Cleary Gottlieb is acting as counsel to the plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit seeking federal court oversight of Chicago Police Department (CPD) operations.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of thousands of individuals, predominately black and Latinx, who have been subjected to the CPD’s pattern and practice of using force in racially discriminatory and often brutal ways. The named plaintiffs include six individuals, as well as a number of community-based organizations that are deeply rooted in Chicago’s black and Latinx communities, including Black Lives Matter–Chicago, Blocks Together, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Justice for Families, Women’s All Point Bulletin, Network 49 and the 411 Movement for Pierre Loury.

The complaint alleges that the CPD violates the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, as well as under the Illinois Civil Rights Act.

For more information, please see the official press release from the MacArthur Justice Center here and a copy of the filing here.