Monday, June 12, 2017

Settlement Reached Between City and Fight for $15

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 5:20 PM

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A federal lawsuit against the City for the alleged unlawful surveying by members of the Memphis Police Department (MPD) at Fight for $15 events was dismissed, according to a statement issued today by the City's chief legal officer Bruce McMullen.

Plaintiffs, Antonio Cathey and the Mid-South Organizing Committee (MSOC) voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit against the City of Memphis, along with Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and MPD director Michael Rallings— both in their official capacity only.

MPD denies any engagement in unlawful surveillance of Fight for $15 events nor were any unlawful tactics ever proven.

As a term of the dismissal, MPD has agreed to appoint a liaison that Fight for $15 can contact directly with concerns pertaining to permitted protests and public assemblies.

The liaison position is meant to create a clear line of communication between MPD and Fight for $15, as well as other groups like it.

"We feel the dismissal is a win for the City of Memphis," said McMullen. "The lawsuit gave us an opportunity to address how law enforcement and advocacy groups communicate."

Other terms of the dismissal, provide MSOC with a six-month extension to the one-year statute of limitation to refile its lawsuit.


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