Annette Warren Dickerson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Wednesday, October 05, 2011
We are writing to let you know about a victory in one of our cases.
Victory in Goodman v.
Yesterday, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) with co-counsel Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in
Steven Reiss from Weil, Gotshal & Manges discussed the settlement during a press conference held at
The final settlement includes compensation of $100,000 for the three journalists and an agreement by the St. Paul police department to implement a training program for officers regarding the First Amendment rights of the press and public with respect to police operations—including police handling of media coverage of mass demonstrations—and to pursue implementation of the training program in Minneapolis and statewide.
CCR and the Plaintiffs hope this settlement sends a strong message to police departments all over the country – including the New York Police Department responding to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and police departments in cities hosting upcoming political conventions – that the First Amendment rights of protestors and journalists must be respected and that the police will be held accountable for unlawful and overly aggressive law enforcement tactics.The policies, practices and actions of federal and local law enforcement at the RNC are part of a larger civil liberties crisis that has been intensifying at an alarming rate over the past decade. CCR, with the support of people like you, will continue the fight for the constitutional rights of both protestors and journalists.
Thank you for your continued support.
Annette Warren Dickerson
Director of Education and Outreach
Center for Constitutional Rights ll 666 Broadway 7th floor