At ArchCity Defenders, we represent people who have been unjustly targeted and had their rights violated by the very system that is supposed to serve them, protect them, and uphold justice. We are defending more than a thousand people every year, and bringing class action lawsuits that are successfully challenging systemic practices of over-policing, debtors’ prisons, and the unconstitutional use of cash bail. With our community partners, we are advocating for thousands of vulnerable St. Louisans, who seek to live, work and raise their children in safe and vibrant communities.
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After surviving homelessness for 15 years, we helped Diata get into an apartment, find steady work, and defended him in court after he'd been charged for something he did not do.
Over-policing, cash bail and the Workhouse tore Jasmine away from her kids and caused her to lose her home and job. We helped reunite her with her family, found them a new place to live, and represented her in court.
After the Stockley verdict was announced, Demetrius went to document a protest, and was beaten, kicked, and trapped in a police kettle. His cameras were destroyed by the police. Demetrius and ArchCity Defenders, together with 13 other Stockley protesters who were similarly assaulted by the police, are suing and combatting this brutal form of state violence.