Discriminatory Policing

Cases

Challenges the NYPD’s suspicionless surveillance of Muslim Americans on the basis of their Muslim identity
A class action lawsuit to challenge the NYPD’s policy of conducting stop-and-frisks without reasonable suspicion of criminal activity as required by the Fourth Amendment. Additionally, the...
CCR has submitted an amicus brief in Glik v. Cunniffe before the First Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of Berkeley Copwatch, Communities United against Police Brutality, Justice Committee,...
Bandele v. City of New York was a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against the City of New York and three NYPD officers in 2007. It charges that the defendants falsely arrested and imprisoned the...
Taylor v. Hayes is a civil case that went up to the Supreme Court in which the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) contested Kentucky attorney Dan Taylor’s four-and-a half-year jail sentence for...
State of Washington v. Wanrow is a lawsuit that challenged the murder conviction of Yvonne Swan Wanrow on the grounds of a woman’s right to self-defense against harm to herself or her child. Yvonne...
“Puerto Rican Subversives List” refers to the work CCR did with the Instituto Puertorriqueño de Derechos Civilies, an organization founded by José Antonio “Abi” Lugo, a former CCR attorney, and other...

CCR has tenaciously challenged discriminatory policing for decades, recognizing that discrimination and police violence do not arise as isolated incidents but are deeply embedded within our criminal justice system. We have challenged both local law enforcement (most notably the NYPD) and federal agencies (such as the FBI, DHS, and ICE) on behalf of communities of color, Muslims, LGBTIQ people, and immigrant communities. We have challenged these practices in numerous iterations, from racially discriminatory stop-and-frisk practices to the post-9/11 surveillance and harassment of Muslims; from legislation that unequally punishes LGBTIQ people to the unlawful and terrifying law enforcement raids of immigrant homes. Our litigation and advocacy work supports broader organizing efforts by our clients and partners, and in turn has often become a focal point around which affected communities rally. CCR has been a proud supporter of and participant in these efforts. Most notable in this regard is CCR’s deep collaboration with Communities United for Police Reform, which successfully mobilized New York City to #ChangetheNYPD.