In 2008, the Detroit Police Department's raided the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit during a monthly Funk Night event, detaining more than one hundred innocent people and charging them with loitering.

In addition, more than 40 legally parked cars were seized and not released until their owners paid nearly $1000 each.

The ACLU of Michigan represented 13 individuals who were ticketed and/or had their cars impounded, and asked the court to put an end to the DPD’s practice of punishing innocent people merely for being present at a peaceful social gathering.

Mobley v. City of Detroit Legal Documents

PDF iconRead Judge Roberts' opinion ruling the raid unconstitutional

► PDF iconRead the ACLU of Michigan's complaint

Plaintiffs’ Summary-Judgment Motion and Related Briefs and Exhibits:

 Defendants’ Summary-Judgment Motions and Related Briefs and Exhibits:

 6th Circuit Appeal:

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