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

February 6, 2013
Glendale Unified School District and Glendale Police Department settled the ACLU lawsuit. Learn more about the settlement.

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.

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Traber & Voorhees

Date filed

October 12, 2011


United States District Court for the Central District of California


Hon. Otis D. Wright

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