Co-Counsel for the Plaintiffs: Sheila A. Bedi, MacArthur Justice Center at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law & Craig Futterman, Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

Counsel for the Plaintiffs also include Randolph Stone, Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, Alexa Van Brunt and Vanessa del Valle of the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Brendan Shiller of Shiller Preyar LLC, Jeanette S. Samuels, Samuels & Associates, Ltd., Cannon Lambert, Sr., Karchmar & Lambert, P.C Andrew Stroth of Action Injury, as well as the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton of New York.

Plaintiff Class

The individual plaintiffs – four Black men and two Black women – share the all too common experience of being subjected to unlawful policing in the City, including acts of police violence and false arrest. They also share an unfailing commitment to seek relief not only for themselves, but for the thousands of others who have experienced similar violations of their rights at the hands of the CPD.


Chicago police officers stopped Ms. Linwood, a mother of two and popular deejay in the City, slammed her into the side of the building and then the ground, and then arrested and charged her with resisting arrest. She was pregnant at the time of the check.

Community Organizations

In addition to the individual plaintiffs, a number of community-based organizations that are deeply-rooted in Chicago’s Black and Latinx communities have joined the lawsuit, including Chicago Urban League, Illinois NAACP, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, Blocks Together, the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Justice for Families, Women’s All Point Bulletin, Network 49, and the 411 Movement for Pierre Loury.