Today, June 18, 2020 @ 1pm, an Oakland judge granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and Order to Show Cause against the Oakland Police Department. The order was filed by civil rights attorneys Dan Siegel and Walter Riley and National Lawyers Guild – San Francisco Bay Area attorney James Burch.
This initial victory is part of a larger lawsuit by the attorneys on behalf of two organizational plaintiffs, Anti Police-Terror Project and Community Ready Corps, and individual plaintiffs, Oakland Tech student Akil Riley and protestors Ian Mcdonnell, Nico Nada, Azize Ngo, and Jennifer Li on behalf of themselves and similarly situated individuals.
As described by Dan Siegel, “The temporary restraining order issued by the court at 6 pm tonight is an important victory for the people of Oakland and the struggle against police terror. Less than a day after we filed our request for the TRO, along with a mountain of evidence demonstrating police violence against people protesting racial violence, Judge Spero called the attorneys together and then issued the order forbidding police use of tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash bang grenades against protestors, effective immediately. This is the first major step in our lawsuit. We will soon ask the Court to issue a preliminary injunction, with broader provisions, and will prepare for a trial, where we will seek major changes in the operations of OPD and damages for people injured by police violence.”
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