K.L. v. City of Glendale

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    Full Name : K.L., by her Guardian Ad Litem Osiel Lopez; Anthony Parker; L.P., by his Guardian Ad Litem Juana Farfan; C.M., by his Guardian Ad Litem Christine Clavesilla; Giovanni Pablo; A.F. by her Guardian Ad Litem Cristina Pablo; Alejandro Barajas; and M.A. by her Guardian Ad Litem Araceli Terracena, on behalf of themselves and all those similarly situated, City of Glendale; County of Los Angeles; City of Los Angeles; Michael Rock, in his individual and official capacities; Officer Riley, in his individual capacity; Officer Bickells, his individual capacity; Officer Quintero, his individual capacity; Officer PARK, his individual capacity; Thomas Van Hoof, in his official and individual capacity; Gilda Avis, in her individual capacity; Jennifer Earl, in her individual and official capacities; Hagop Eulmessekian, in his individual capacity; Caroline Sweeney, in her individual capacity; Ara Mgrdichian, in his individual capacity; Alex Garcia, in his individual capacity; and Does 1-30, in their individual capacities,

    Case Number : CV110848

    Court : United States District Court for the Central District of California

    Judge : Hon. Otis D. Wright

    Co-Counsel : Traber & Voorhees

    On Friday, September 24, 2010, administrators at Hoover High School and officers from the Glendale Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Probation Department interrogated, photographed, and collected personal information from approximately 56 students, all of whom were Latino.

    As the students went to the tables where they normally eat lunch, Hoover administrators ordered them into nearby classrooms, where multiple armed and uniformed police officers were waiting for them.  The students were detained for between 30 and 90 minutes.  They were allowed to leave only after they had submitted to interrogation about their personal information and activities and were forced to pose for mock “mug shots.”  The school officials and police had no evidence that the students were doing anything illegal or breaking school rules at the time they conducted the roundup.

    We are currently in settlement discussions with the defendants.

    Case Developments

    UPDATE
    February 6, 2013

    Glendale Unified School District and Glendale Police Department settled the ACLU lawsuit. Learn more about the settlement.

    FILING
    October 17, 2011

    The ACLU filed a lawsuit alleging that the school, police, and Probation officials violated the students’ Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures and targeted the students based on their race or ethnicity. It seeks an order ensuring that all of the collected information be destroyed and that similar violations of students’ rights do not occur in the future, as well money damages.  Read more about the lawsuit. Read the complaint.