Some of our Current Cases

Some of our Current Cases

Johnson et al. v. City of Berkeley: The Berkeley and Hayward Police used unlawful indiscriminate force against peaceful protesters and journalists during December 6 and 7, 2014, #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations. Rachel Lederman and co-counsel Jim Chanin, on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, have filed two federal civil rights lawsuits on behalf of thirteen people who are seeking injunctive relief and damages for civil rights violations by the police.

Read the Johnson Lawsuit Complaint.

Santee Tenants: Tenants’ rights lawsuit on behalf of more than 50 low income tenants enduring atrocious housing conditions and discrimination in San Jose.

In re Aguirre: César Aguirre was wrongfully convicted of felony vandalism arising from an Occupy Oakland demonstration, after a trial in which the prosecution failed to disclose numerous police body camera videos and reports that contradicted the testimony of the sole prosecution eyewitness against César. Rachel Lederman and co-counsel Brian McComas are fighting to overturn César’s conviction based on the unconstitutional suppression of exculpatory evidence.

Burleson v. BART et al: Commuter racially profiled for “riding BART while Black”. BART police assaulted and arrested Albert Burleson even though nothing but his skin color matched the description of the suspect they were looking for. SETTLED.

Read the Complaint FILED.

Save CCSF Coalition v. Officer Lim et al. : City College students brutalized and wrongfully arrested by SFPD and CCSF PD at a March 13, 2014, Save CCSF demonstration. SETTLED.

Read the Lawsuit Complaint: Complaint

NLGSF / Save CCSF Coalition press release HERE

Hashitaka v. Caraway et al.: SFPD choked Takuro Hashitaka into unconsciousness and cut his 10 month old son, Moku, from his chest with a knife. His crime? A bike helmet violation. The police then took Moku to Child Protective Services despite Takuro’s pleas for them to call his wife, who was only a block away. SETTLED.

Read the Complaint: Complaint filed

Chronicle article

Pholey et al. v. KDF Post Street: Housing rights lawsuit on behalf of low income tenants whose Tenderloin apartment building is in abysmal condition and lacks basic security. SETTLED.

De Nies v. Hong: The plaintiff, a vulnerable, mentally disabled person, was illegally locked out of his rental unit and his personal possessions thrown away. SETTLED.

Spangenberg v. Starr King School for the Ministry: Suzi Spangenberg and Julie Brock are former student leaders at Starr King School for the Ministry whose Master of Divinity degrees are being wrongly withheld by the school’s Board of Trustees. VICTORY! Suzi and Julie have received their degrees.

Suzi and Julie’s November 6, 2014, statement to the Ad Hoc Committee