22Jun Court Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by SB 1070 Protester A federal court granted Maricopa Countyâ€™s motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by SB 1070 protester Sunita Patel.
Maricopa County Attorney's Office • News Release - Court Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by SB 1070 Protester
Maricopa County Attorney's Office
PHOENIX, AZ (June 22, 2012) - A federal court today granted Maricopa County's motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by SB 1070 protester Sunita Patel
In a seven-page order, U.S. District Judge Neil V. Wake ruled that Maricopa County Sheriff's Deputies had sufficient probable cause when they arrested Patel during protests outside the Fourth Avenue Jail in July, 2010, and that the officers are shielded by qualified immunity against monetary damage claims
Patel, an attorney with The Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, attended a protest against SB 1070 outside the Maricopa County Fourth Avenue Jail in downtown Phoenix on July 29, 2010, shortly after the legislation was enacted.
was acting as a legal observer, Patel
took photographs and recorded the names of protesters who were arrested.
After declaring the protest to be an unlawful assembly and commanding the protestors to disperse, County
Sheriff's Deputies began arresting individuals who had formed a human chain blocking the driveway leading to the jail's sally port.
Officers then told the crowd it had fifteen more minutes to disperse and went back into the jail.
About fifteen minutes later, deputies came back outside and ordered protesters to clear the driveway or face immediate arrest.
was subsequently arrested, along with several others, and charged with obstructing a public thoroughfare (A.R.S. § 13-2906) and failing to comply with a police officer (A.R.S. § 28-622).
The charges were later dismissed by the County Attorney's Office.
claim against Maricopa County
sought unspecified compensatory and punitive damages as well as injunctive relief from the Sheriff's Office.