From routine racial profiling, to militarized response to peaceful protests, to institutional abusive practices and policies that target communities of color –the pervasive issue of police misconduct is instilling fear and fueling violence nationwide. We are committed to defending the rights of the poor and the vulnerable against police abuses of power.
Class Action Coalition (Campbell v. City of Chicago) Demand Revisions to Strengthen City of Chicago and Illinois Attorney General’s Proposed Draft Police Consent Decree
Community-Driven Federal Class Action Targets Chicago Police’s Inaccurate, Racially Discriminatory Gang Database
Jury Awards Wrongfully Convicted Jacques Rivera $17 Million After Spending 20+ Years in Prison (Rivera v. City of Chicago)
Judge Grants New Trial Against Louisiana State Troopers due to Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection (Dotson v. McCartney)
The MacArthur Justice Center formed a coalition of attorneys, community organizations and individuals to file a historic class action lawsuit seeking federal court oversight of the Chicago Police Department’s (CPD) operations on behalf of thousands of individuals, predominately Blacks and Latinx, who have been subjected to the CPD’s policy and practice of using excessive force, sometimes in racially discriminatory and brutal ways.Learn More About Campbell v. City of Chicago
Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database v. City of Chicago
The MacArthur Justice Center represents the Chicagoans for an End to the Gang Database, a coalition of individuals and community organizations, in a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department (CPD) targeting the widespread use of an inaccurate, racially discriminatory Gang Database.
Williams v. Louisiana (U.S. Supreme Court)
Corey Williams was wrongfully convicted of first-degree murder as an intellectually disabled 16-year old child, and spent 20 years in Louisiana prison for a crime that he did not commit. We represented Mr. Williams in a petition for certiorari before the U.S. Supreme Court and obtained his immediate release from prison through a settlement with the State of Louisiana.
In the news
Beaman renews fight for jury trial against Normal, ex cops; was wrongfully convicted in 1993 murder of college studentHerald & Review February 25, 2020
Exonerated Man Returns to Illinois Supreme Court for Right to Sue Cops who Framed HimPress Release
Law enforcement seeks dismissal of DAPL excessive force lawsuitGrand Forks Herald October 7, 2019
Judge Orders Chicago Police Department to Comply with Journalist’s FOIA Request for Officer PhotosPress Release