Chicago PD Stop-and-Frisk Class Action Lawsuit Overview:
- Who: Chicago Police Department.
- What: The Chicago police department is accused of violating the constitutional rights of Black and Latinx residents through its stop-and-frisk practice.
- Where: Chicago.
Millions of Black and Latinx Chicago residents were stopped and questioned by Chicago police officers for no reason other than racial profiling, a new class action lawsuit alleges.
The new lawsuit, which was recently certified as a class action by a federal judge, takes aim at the Chicago Police Department’s alleged practice of “stop-and-frisk” used on people of color between 2010 and 2017, the lawsuit claims.
Attorney Antonio Romanucci is leading the federal class action lawsuit which advanced in Chicago federal court last week and was certified as a class action by U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood.
Wood wrote in her opinion that “the city knew, or should have known, that its stop and frisk program was associated with a risk of widespread Fourth Amendment violations.”
Romanucci said there are at least two million plaintiffs in the case and that “this practice has to stop.”
Black Residents Racially Profiled, ‘Seven Times More Likely to be Stopped Than White Residents’ by Chicago Police
So far, Romanucci said he has reviewed seven years worth of Chicago Police Department records for police stops made where no law was broken. He also said he found Black residents were about seven times more likely to be stopped than white residents, with most stops happening on the South and West sides.
Plaintiff Rashawn Lindsey said he was stopped by police who profiled him while he was walking home with friends.
“They never gave us a reason why we were stopped. We’re just there, I feel like I’m a criminal,” he said.
The plaintiffs are alleging systematic violations of the Fourth Amendment.
This lawsuit comes after a 2010 deal in which the city of Chicago and the Chicago Police Department agreed to pay $16.5 million class action settlement to settle claims from residents who said they were improperly and unconstitutionally treated by the Chicago police.
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The plaintiff is represented by Antonio Romanucci of Romanucci and Blandin.
The Chicago Police Department Stop & Frisk Lawsuit is Smith v. City of Chicago, Case No. 1:15-cv-03467, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois.
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