Protestors March Towards Trial in Lawsuit Against NYPD For Failure to Train On Policing Of Protest

Plaintiffs asserting their right to protest under the First Amendment in New York City cleared another significant hurdle in their litigation against the City of New York arising from unlawful arrests during the First Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.  Recently, the Honorable Analisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered an order denying summary judgment in the matter of Packard v. City of New York, No. 15 Civ. 7130(AT).  The denial allows plaintiffs to proceed to trial in October 2020, and present their claims to a jury that the City failed to train law enforcement on the proper policing of free speech protestors.

The City’s failure to train on the policing of protest has recently come to the greater attention of the public as the world watched the City’s response to the Black Lives Matter protests.  Wolf Haldenstein remains dedicated to representing our clients and these important claims.

The Order filed March 25, 2020 is available here.  The Report and Recommendation filed October 30, 2019 is available here.