As both a candidate in 2016 and as President, Donald Trump has advocated hate, encouraged violence and attacked civil rights and liberties. His Administration has institutionalized xenophobia, escalated immigration enforcement and detention, and abandoned the U.S. Department of Justice’s tradition of support for civil rights and police accountability. We are opposing some of the egregious Trump Administration policies in court.
We filed a brief in the ongoing Chicago Police consent decree case opposing the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)’s request for more time to implement consent decree provisions regarding police officers’ pointing of their firearms at citizens.
Community coalition behind Campbell v. City of Chicago release revisions to draft Chicago Police consent decree. Their comments focused on systemic policy reforms of CPD and the City’s 911 operations to prevent excessive force against Black and Latino Chicagoans and people with disabilities. The coalition emphasized guaranteeing the enforceability and transparency of reform, diverting people—including people with disabilities– away from the criminal justice system and ensuring that whenever possible, police eliminate the need for force, including in schools. That document can be read here.
In her dissenting opinion, Justice Sotomayor cites our brief, explaining that the “full record paints a far more harrowing picture, from which a reasonable observer would readily conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by hostility and animus toward the Muslim faith.”
Campbell v. City of Chicago
Abdication of Civil Rights Oversight
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.
Trump v. State of Hawaii (Amicus Brief)
At every stage in the litigation against that ban (which the President had often characterized as the “Muslim Ban”) the MacArthur Justice Center ensured that judges had before them a full record of President Trump’s hatred of people of the Muslim faith, his open desire to curtail their rights, and his specific, sustained promise to inhibit their entry to the United States.
In the news
Black Lives Matter, other activists demand changes to police consent decreeChicago Sun-Times August 15, 2018
Coalition of Community and Civil Rights Groups Call on City of Chicago and Illinois Attorney General to Improve the Draft Chicago Police Consent DecreePress Release
ACLU, Black Lives Matter say plans to reform the Chicago police don’t go far enoughChicago Tribune August 14, 2018
Community Groups Finalize CPD Consent Decree DemandsPress Release