This lawsuit, brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, and state common law, alleges the excessive use of force and suppression of free speech by the District of Columbia in its mass arrest of peaceful “Black Lives Matter” protesters on Swann Street on June 1, 2020.
This case, brought by Edward Kovari against Prisoner Transportation Services and two of its subsidiaries, alleged that Mr. Kovari was subjected to extreme and inhumane conditions over 18 days while he was transported from Virginia to Texas in an overcrowded prison transport van. The case settled after the district court found that Mr. Kovari had presented substantial evidence to support a finding that Defendants’ conduct violated the Constitution and that these Constitutional violations were caused by Defendants’ policies and practices.
This case challenges the alleged unlawful detainment of an on-duty Black Secret Service agent by U.S. Park Police officers in violation of the agent's rights under the Fourth Amendment and Section 1985.
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- Privately run prisoner transport company kept detainee shackled for 18 days in human waste, lawsuit allegesWashington Post, 04.24.2018
- Associated Press, 04.24.2018