Lawsuit Challenges DC Police Dept’s Unlawful Use of Chemical & “Less Lethal” Weapons, Felony Riot Charges on J20

Above: DC Metro Police kettling protesters at 12th and L St. NW. (Photo: Cynthia Tarana) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 23, 2017 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director (212) 679-5100, ext. 15 | communications@nlg.org WASHINGTON, D.C.— On Friday, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) unlawfully detained and arrested 222 protesters, bystanders, journalists, and NLG Legal Observers while […]

WPLC Wins Change in Rules For Out of State Attorneys to Defend Water Protectors

Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) applauds the ND Supreme Court’s ruling today in their Petition to Permit Temporary Provision of Legal Services by Qualified Attorneys From Outside North Dakota. The request filed on December 14, 2016 sought to relax the rules governing pro hac vice admission for out of state attorneys in order to meet […]

NLG Preparing Legal Support for #J20 Inaugural Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 17, 2017 Contact: Tasha Moro NLG Communications Director 212-679-5100, ext. 15# communications@nlg.org NEW YORK—The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is coordinating with the DC NLG Chapter in preparation for anticipated mass protests at the upcoming 58th Presidential Inauguration and related protests taking place January 19-21, 2017. Large numbers of protestors (and counter-protestors) are […]

#J20 Online Legal Observer Training: 1/14/17

Join the NLG for our first-ever online Legal Observer (LO) training in preparation for the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, DC, Jan. 19-20! Hosted by NLG-DC Mass Defense Chair Maggie Ellinger-Locke and NLG-DC Co-Chair Caleb Medearis. The online training will be presented in a webinar format, taking place this Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, at 2 PM […]

Protest Policing in Trump’s America: Notes for J20 and Beyond

By Traci Yoder, NLG Director of Research and Education When independent media collective Unicorn Riot filed a records request to the North Dakota Department of Corrections related to the indigenous movement against the Dakota Access Pipeline, they received the updated Field Force Operations Manual produced by the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA’s Center for […]

WPLC Calls for Morton County Prosecutor Resignation and Permission for Out-of-State Lawyers to Represent Water Protectors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2016 Contact: Brandy Toelupe, WPLC President: (720) 876-8300 | Btoelupe@tildentoelupe.com Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director (212) 679-5100, ext. 15 | communications@nlg.org MANDAN, ND—Yesterday, the North Dakota Supreme Court issued an order calling for public comments on a petition filed by the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), an initiative of the National Lawyers […]

Extralegal Observations of a Protest Arrest

By Andy Izenson, NLG-NYC The criminal complaint associated with my arrest dated 4/29/2015, lists the following charges: PL 195.05 Obstructing Governmental Administration in the Second Degree PL 205.30 Resisting Arrest PL 240.20(5) Disorderly Conduct PL 240.20(6) Disorderly Conduct It says that I attempted to grab two officers who were making an arrest, and that when […]

Arrests of NLG Legal Observers Call Attention to Rights Violations during Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2016 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director 212-679-58100, ext. 15 | communications@nlg.org King Downing, NLG Mass Defense Director 212-679-5100, ex. 14 | massdef@nlg.org NEW YORK—Last month’s arrest of Amy Mei Willis, a member of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Georgia Chapter and Legal Observer (LO) during a #FightFor15 demonstration in […]

WPLC Responds to Decision to Deny DAPL Easement: Calls for Permanent Stop to Construction & Dropping of Charges Against 550 Water Protectors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 4, 2016 CANNON BALL, ND—Today, the United States Army Corps of Engineers announced that it is denying an easement to Dakota Access, LLC (Dakota Access) to drill under Lake Oahe and the Missouri River for the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) until an Environmental Impact Statement is completed and alternative routes are […]

Water Protector Legal Collective Files Suit for Excessive Force against Peaceful Protesters

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 28, 2016 Contact: Tasha Moro, NLG Communications Director: communications@nlg.org | 212-679-5100, ext. 15 CANNON BALL, ND —Today, the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC-formerly Red Owl), an initiative of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG), filed suit in US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement […]