Color of Change v. Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation

At a Glance

Date Filed: 

October 20, 2016

Current Status 

The complaint was filed on October 20, 2016.

Co-Counsel 

Avi Cover, Case Western University

Client(s) 

Color of Change (COC)

Case Description 

In July 2016, Color of Change (COC) and CCR filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request seeking information from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the surveillance and monitoring of Movement for Black Lives (MBL) protestors and organizers exercising their First Amendment constitutional rights at protests across the country. The request was specifically directed at the monitoring of protest activity whose subject matter or theme involved police violence, criminal justice, racial inequities, or MBL. The request follows the many instances over the past two years of military and counterterror resources being used to surveil MBL protests as well as first-hand accounts of surveillance of protests and activists.

On October 20, 2016, after receiving no documents and little response from either DHS or the FBI, COC and CCR filed a federal complaint in the Southern District of New York.

Case Timeline

October 20, 2016
COC and CCR file complaint against DHS and FBI
October 20, 2016
COC and CCR file complaint against DHS and FBI
COC and CCR file complaint against the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.