Federal Civil Rights Class Action May Proceed Against The City Of New York For False Arrests & Failing To Train Law Enforcement On First Amendment Freedoms

First Amendment plaintiffs clear significant hurdle in litigation allowing federal civil rights class action to proceed against the City of New York. Federal Judge Analisa Torres of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order in the matter of Packard v. City of New York, No. 15 Civ. 7130(AT), that allows plaintiffs, on behalf of themselves and the class, to pursue claims that the City failed to train law enforcement on the proper treatment of free speech protestors and for unlawful arrests.   See press release here.

Complaint filed September 11, 2015, available here.

Order filed March 2, 2017, available here.