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For Immediate release: ArchCity Defenders Requests Proposals for a Media Project That Centers the Stories of Families Impacted by Fatal State Violence 

May 3, 2022 ArchCity Defenders (ACD), a holistic legal advocacy organization in St. Louis, Missouri, is seeking proposals from creatives to manage and execute a multimedia project with video...

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For Immediate Release: Fatal State Violence Response Program Re-Opens Applications for Responders, anD PROMOTES HOTLINE

Monday, April 18, 2022 Since November 2021, ArchCity Defenders’ “Fatal State Violence Response Program,” in partnership with Faith for Justice, has provided ongoing support to individuals whose loved ones...

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

August 12, 2022 Normandy Settlement Info— Davis et al. V. City of Normandy ArchCity Defenders recently reached a preliminary settlement in a $1.3 million lawsuit with the City of...

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For immediate release: Over Twenty Thousand People Eligible to Claim Settlement Money from Debtors’ Prison Lawsuit Against Normandy  

March 29, 2022 Over Twenty Thousand People Eligible to Claim Settlement Money from Debtors’ Prison Lawsuit Against Normandy   (St. Louis, Mo.) On March 29, 2022, a federal judge preliminarily...

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For Immediate Release: Waiting for Justice in Ferguson: Seven Years and Counting

February 8, 2022 The murder of Mike Brown and the Ferguson uprising exposed Ferguson’s practices of predatory policing, operating an extortionary municipal court, and illegally jailing impoverished people. Seven...

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THE STATUS OF BAIL, COURTS, AND CAGES IN ST. LOUIS

A Statement by ArchCity Defenders November 15, 2021  In 2019, ArchCity Defenders and partners from across the country challenged a system of cash bail that routinely caused people to...

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For Immediate Release: Excessive Force and Unlawful Search and Seizure Lawsuit Filed Against Five Maryland Heights Police Officers and Maryland Heights

October 25, 2021  Today in federal court, ArchCity Defenders and the Powell Law Firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Tranell Stewart and Lisa Jones, respectively, alleging that officers...

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Statement from Coalition of St. Louis Area Community Organizations on Jones Administration’s Decision to Increase Police Presence in Downtown St. Louis

September 21, 2021 On September 14, Mayor Tishaura Jones announced that her administration will increase the police presence in downtown St. Louis in response to recent reports of violence...

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For Immediate Release: Elderly Black Veteran Killed by St. Louis City Police on a “No Knock” Warrant, Family Files Federal Lawsuit 

June 30, 2021 On February 21, 2017, officers with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD) Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, unlawfully stormed into the home of Don...

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For Immediate Release: New Federal Lawsuit Details Culture of Water Deprivation and Excessive Macing at City Justice Center

May 24, 2021 In the same jail that’s been the source of recent uprisings and public scrutiny, three men detained pretrial are filing a lawsuit alleging their 14th amendment...

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