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Updated - July 29, 2021

Beaman v. Normal (Illinois Supreme Court)

Wrongful Convictions
Alan Beaman spent over a decade in prison after being wrongfully convicted of the 1993 murder of his ex-girlfriend. The MacArthur Justice Center represents Mr. Beaman in his lawsuit against the City of Normal and the three former Normal police officers who orchestrated the wrongful conviction.

Filed - April 11, 2014

Updated - July 21, 2021

Campbell v. City of Chicago

Police Abuse
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.

Filed - June 14, 2017

Updated - June 1, 2021

Stewart v. City of Euclid

Police Abuse
In June 2021, the Supreme Court denied our petition for certiorari. The Stewart family continues their fight for justice and to hold accountable the officers who killed Luke Stewart. A cartoon of a police officer beating an unarmed civilian (caption: “protecting and serving the poop out of you”); a clip from a Chris Rock sketch...

Filed - January 11, 2021

Updated - May 25, 2021

Mitchell v. Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, et al.

Rights of Protesters
In the fall of 2016, Marcus Mitchell traveled to North Dakota to join the peaceful water protectors in their demonstration against the construction of the DAPL. As a Diné from the Navajo nation, he was answering the Great Sioux Nation’s call to peacefully stand in support of the Nation’s sovereignty and to help them protect...

Filed - July 8, 2019

Updated - May 3, 2021

The State of Illinois v. Williams (Amicus Brief)

Enforcing Police and Prosecutorial Accountability
The amicus brief supports a motion by the Cook County Public Defender that challenges the scientific validity of the ShotSpotter system’s gunfire reports, which prosecutors have attempted to use as evidence in a criminal prosecution. The basis of the brief comes from a study conducted by the MacArthur Justice Center, in partnership with the Invisible...

Filed - May 3, 2021

Updated - March 26, 2021

Harmon v. City of Arlington, et al.

Police Abuse
On September 1, 2018, a City of Arlington, Texas police officer pulled over O’Shae Terry for an expired registration tag. After approaching Terry’s side of the vehicle, the officer smelled marijuana, and went back to her patrol car, leaving Terry and his passenger, Terrence Harmon, with officer Bau Tran, who was standing next to the...

Filed - December 7, 2020

Updated - March 17, 2021

Washington v. Cannizzaro (Louisiana Fourth Circuit)

Prosecutorial Discretion
The MacArthur Justice Center is suing Orleans District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro in light of his office’s practice of gathering evidence using subpoenas that do not have the required advance approval of a court. The suit asks the Orleans Parish Civil District Court to order Cannizzaro to comply with a 2015 public records request for copies of district attorney...

Filed - May 12, 2017

Updated - February 5, 2021

Attala County NAACP v. Evans

Community Accountability
In every trial, attorneys receive a certain number of “peremptory strikes” that permit them to remove potential jurors without giving a reason. Since taking office in 1992, Evans and his employees have used peremptory strikes against Black jurors 4.4 times more frequently than white jurors. Even the Mississippi Supreme Court has taken notice, observing that...

Filed - November 18, 2019

Updated - January 8, 2021

Timpa v. Dillard

Enforcing Police and Prosecutorial Accountability
Dallas police officers kneeled on Tony Timpa’s neck for 13 minutes while he yelled, “You’re gonna kill me!” He died, handcuffed and face down, while officers joked about his mental illness. A district court granted qualified immunity to the police officers. On August 10, 2016, Tony Timpa called 911, telling the operator that he was...

Filed - January 8, 2021

Updated - December 10, 2020

#LetUsBreathe Collective v. City of Chicago

Enforcing Police and Prosecutorial Accountability
The lawsuit states that the City’s history of unlawful refusals became more widespread following the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent citywide protests over police brutality and racism.

Filed - June 23, 2020