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For immediate release: Court of Appeals Finds St. Louis County Police Department’s “Wanteds” Policy Constitutionally “Fraught”; Majority of Arrests Under Policy Likely Violate Fourth Amendment, Attorneys Say

Lawyers Vow to Continue to Pursue Invalidation of Widespread Unconstitutional Use of Wanteds  November 2, 2022  St. Louis, MO – Yesterday, the federal Court of Appeals for the Eighth...

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For Immediate Release: ArchCity Defenders, ACLU of Missouri Sue the Department of Corrections for Illegally Withholding Records on Man’s Death

October 26, 2022 Jefferson City – ArchCity Defenders and the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections (MDOC) for knowingly and...

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For Immediate Release: Joint Statement on the Ongoing Deaths and Jail Conditions Issues at the St. Louis City Justice Center 

September 14, 2022 Jail should not be a death sentence. However, since April 2022, six people have died while detained inside St. Louis City’s Justice Center (CJC): Robert Lee...

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For immediate release: coming to St. Louis July 27-29: “The box,” a Play that conveys the horrors of solitary confinement and the humanity of people subjected to it

July 25, 2022 MEDIA CONTACTS:   For National Tour and Social Media: Seneca Beth, End of Isolation TourEITsocialmediaintern@gmail.com, (480) 262-1309 For Local Performances: Z Gorley, ArchCity Defenderszgorley@archcitydefenders.org, (314) 898-8185 Coming to...

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement from St. Louis Families Impacted by Fatal State Violence on Mayor Tishaura Jones’ Executive Order Banning No-Knock Warrants

On June 14, 2022, Mayor Tishaura O. Jones signed an executive order banning the use of no-knock warrants in St. Louis City. This important win comes after years of...

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For immediate release: Local Coalition of Over 25 Organizations Releases Proposal to Begin a Reparations Process in the City of St. LouiS

June 10, 2022 This afternoon, a coalition of over 25 local community organizations released a proposal calling for a process and plan for reparations in the City of St....

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for immediate release: Fatal State Violence Response Program Holds Angelversary Commemorating Five Years Since the Murder of Isaiah Hammett During a “No-Knock Raid”

June 7, 2022 (St. Louis, Mo.) On Tuesday, June 7, 2022, outside St. Louis City Hall at noon, the Fatal State Violence (FSV) Response Program and the Coalition Against...

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Family Members and Advocates with the Fatal State Violence Response Program Commemorate Isaiah Hammett, a 21-year-old Latinx Man Killed by St. Louis Police in a “No Knock Raid” Five Years Ago 

June 7, 2022 What: Commemorative Angelversary event marking five years since the Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) unit of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) executed a “no-knock”...

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For Immediate Release: Over Ten Thousand People Eligible to Claim Settlement Money from Debtors’ Prison Lawsuit Against Edmundson   

June 2, 2022 (St. Louis, Mo.) – Today is the first day on which individuals who were jailed, arrested by, or paid fines to the City of Edmundson between...

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Have you been jailed by, paid fines to, or had a warrant issued by Edmundson?

June 2, 2022 Edmundson Settlement Info— Thomas et al. V. City of Edmundson ArchCity Defenders recently reached a $370,000 preliminary settlement in a lawsuit with the City of Edmundson...

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