$700,000 Awarded to Seattle Protesters in Chalk Graffiti Civil Rights Case

Seattle, WA — Four activists, detained after writing messages criticizing law enforcement on a barricade near a Seattle police station, have been awarded close to $700,000 as a jury found that their civil rights were breached. The award follows their arrest on New Year’s Day, 2021, in the aftermath of the widespread protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd. The jury determined that the arrest of Derek Tucson, Robin Snyder, Monsieree De Castro, and Erik Moya-Delgado was driven by retaliatory motives against their Black Lives Matter advocacy, violating their First Amendment rights. Each protester … Read more

Protesters Win $700K in Civil Rights Case Over Anti-Police Chalk Messages Near Seattle Precinct

Seattle, WA — In a landmark case that spotlighted issues of civil liberties amid protests, a federal jury has awarded nearly $700,000 to four protesters who alleged their civil rights were violated by Seattle police. The individuals, arrested on New Year’s Day in 2021 for using chalk to create anti-police messages on a barricade near a police precinct, claimed their treatment stemmed from their participation in Black Lives Matter demonstrations. The incident occurred against the backdrop of widespread protests that ignited across many cities globally, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd’s death, … Read more

Monterey County Sheriff Responds to Civil Grand Jury Report, Highlights Inaccuracies and Outlines Mental Health Training Boost

Salinas, CA – Monterey County Sheriff Tina Nieto recently addressed criticism from a Civil Grand Jury regarding the department’s interaction and preparation for dealing with individuals experiencing mental health crises. Responding to the findings, Nieto identified both strengths and shortcomings in the assessment, highlighting ongoing efforts and strategic changes aimed at enhancing law enforcement response capabilities in Monterey County. In a detailed memo to Monterey County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Hulsey, an adviser to the jury, Nieto acknowledged alignment with most of the jury’s observations but noted discrepancies in some aspects of the report. One … Read more

Stanislaus County Welcomes New Civil Grand Jury Members for 2024-2025, Aims to Boost Local Government Accountability

Modesto, Calif. — In a ceremony held on June 27, the Stanislaus County Superior Court moved forward with the traditional selection and swearing-in of the 19 members set to serve on the Civil Grand Jury for the 2024-2025 term. Presided over by Judge Carrie Stephens, the event marked the initiation of the new jury’s responsibilities which officially begin on July 1, 2024, and will conclude on June 30, 2025. The Civil Grand Jury, a fundamental element of local governance in California, plays a critical role in ensuring transparency and accountability within various government bodies. By … Read more