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Three Years After St. Louis Police Kettled and Beat Large Crowd, ArchCity Defenders and Khazaeli Wyrsch Denounce St. Louis City’s Failure to Hold Its Officers Accountable

September 17, 2020 Three years ago, over one hundred people were kettled, beaten, and pepper sprayed by the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) and neither St. Louis City...

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For Immediate Release: ArchCity Defenders Challenges Constitutionality of St. Louis City Eviction Trial Citing Due Process Concerns, Asks Missouri Supreme Court to Give Tenant Fair Day in Court

August 25, 2020 Lawsuit filed on behalf of disabled St. Louis resident who lost eviction trial over the phone after being unable to access trial by video conference and...

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For Immediate Release: ArchCity Defenders Files Petition on Behalf of Veteran Facing an Eviction, Citing Due Process Concerns, and Asking for a Fair Day in Court

August 22, 2020 ArchCity Defenders Files Petition on Behalf of Veteran Facing an Eviction, Citing Due Process Concerns, and Asking for a Fair Day in Court  Last night in the Missouri...

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For Immediate Release: Statement from ArchCity Defenders on St. Louis City’s Temporary Pause on Evictions

August 6, 2020 Statement from ArchCity Defenders on St. Louis City’s Temporary Pause on Evictions We are happy to hear that Presiding Judge Burlison of the 22nd Judicial Circuit...

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For Immediate Release: Statement from Coalition of St. Louis Area Community Organizations on Darren Wilson Non-Charging Decision

July 30, 2020 Today, we learned that St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Wesley Bell has decided not to charge former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of...

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For Immediate Release: After Two Years, Close the Workhouse Campaign is Victorious as St. Louis City Government Votes to Shutter Notorious ‘Workhouse’ Jail in 2020

July 17, 2020 Re-Posting from Close the Workhouse After Two Years, Close the Workhouse Campaign is Victorious as St. Louis City Government Votes to Shutter Notorious ‘Workhouse’ Jail in...

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ArchCity Defenders Sends Letter to Mayor Krewson Demanding the City Stop the Displacement of Unhoused Communities

“As the City of St. Louis plans to sweep its fourth and fifth encampments during this pandemic over the weekend, we felt it necessary to make the City aware...

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For Immediate Release:ArchCity Defenders Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Behalf Of Mother Whose Son Died in St. Louis City’s ‘Workhouse’ Jail

June 29, 2020 ArchCity Defenders Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Behalf Of Mother Whose Son Died in St. Louis City’s ‘Workhouse’ Jail (St. Louis, Mo.) — Today in federal...

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Update: Following comments made by Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards, ArchCity Defenders sends Sunshine Request for information on “Covid-19” releases and re-arrests

In response to questions about funding for #STLCity jails, Public Safety Director Jimmie Edwards made a number of statements regarding the re-arrests of people “released due to COVID-19 concerns,”...

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For Immediate Release: ArchCity Defenders Dismisses Lawsuit, Continues to Advocate for Unhoused Individuals in St. Louis

May 14, 2020 ArchCity Defenders dismissed the lawsuit filed on behalf of Renata Frank to prevent the City of St. Louis from criminalizing unhoused individuals for seeking shelter in...

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