Opposing Militarized Police Forces and Violent Home Invasions in the District of Columbia

One of the most hidden aspects of the contemporary American legal system is the unprecedented volume of violent home invasions by police in impoverished communities. There were 3,000 armed paramilitary raids in the United States in 1980 and 30,000 in 1995. By 2001, there were 45,000 every year. By 2005, between 50,000 and 60,000.

In the first project of its kind, Equal Justice Under Law has filed seven major lawsuits against the District of Columbia and many of its police officers. The lawsuits challenge the police department’s widespread use of militarized home invasions in low-income communities of color. During their violent home invasions, police officers have busted into homes — without probable cause — and terrorized the people within, including handcuffing disabled residents, strip searching people as they cook dinner, and pointing loaded guns at naked children.

You can read our Complaint in Ella Lane et al. v. District of Columbia et al. here.

You can read our Complaint in S.H. et al. v. District of Columbia et al. here.

You can read our Complaint in Patrice Pitts et al., v. District of Columbia et al. here.