The legal community has publicly stepped up to provide direct support to protesters against police violence, and has recently begun to take direct action in the streets as an expression of solidarity.
In the Media
In August, a number of civil rights groups sued the agency over the treatment of families at the facility in Artesia. Calling the facility a "deportation mill," the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, and National Immigration Law Center filed a lawsuit, on behalf of five mothers and their children held in Artesia.
NLG Massachusetts attorneys represent protestors who were arrested while protesting the killing of two unarmed black men this summer by white officers in Ferguson, Mo., and Staten Island, N.Y.
The New York City chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is crying foul at the use of these devices, sending a letter to the NYPD for more information about what kind of training officers get for using LRADs and what regulatory measures govern their usage. According to research by the group, while 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, the devices can hit up to 162 decibels, using a high pitched beeping sound that witnesses claim is unbearable.
The National Lawyers’ Guild, which represented Assata Shakur, has been highly critical of how the prosecutors handled her conviction.
Three NYC-NLG lawyers send a letter raising concerns over the use of Long Range Acoustic Devices (LRADs) against protestors by the NYPD.
Longtime NLG member and attorney for the #EricGarner family, Jonathan Moore, revealed to Chris Hayes last night that Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan, Jr., granted all officers involved with Garner's killing (except Danny Pantaleo), immunity from criminal prosecution in exchange for their testimony.
Recently, the NLG rapidly increased their capacity to provide legal support in Ferguson, marshaling teams of lawyers, legal workers and law students, and is preparing for the continued need for volunteers and resources.