Opposing Militarized Police Forces and Violent Home Invasions in the District of Columbia

In 1980, there were 3,000 armed paramilitary raids in the United States. By 1995, there were 30,000, and in 2001, there were 45,000. By 2005, there were between 50,000 and 60,000. This is a growing pandemic.

Equal Justice Under Law has filed 7 lawsuits in the District of Columbia challenging the police’s use of race-based, militarized home invasions in low-income communities of color. During their violent home invasions, police officers have busted into homes — without probable cause — and terrorized the people within, including handcuffing disabled residents, strip-searching people as they cook dinner, and pointing loaded guns at naked children.

Selected Media Coverage

(for additional media coverage, please contact our Communications Department at communications@equaljusticeunderlaw.org)

The Washington Post, Probable Cause: Pursuing Drugs and Guns on Scant Evidence by John Sullivan and Derek Hawkins on March 5, 2016.

The Washington PostThe District Police’s Unreasonable Search and Seizure on March 8, 2016

Opposing Views“Lawsuit Alleges D.C. Police Pointed a Gun at an 11-Year-Old Girl in the Shower” by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades on June 23, 2015

Filed Complaints

Read our Complaint in Ella Lane et al. v. District of Columbia et al. here.

Read our Complaint in S.H. et al. v. District of Columbia et al. here.

Read our Complaint in Patrice Pitts et al., v. District of Columbia et al. here.

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