The Suffolk County Police Department is reaching out to Latino residents to notify them of a class action settlement involving claims of discrimination in policing policies.
Posting on Facebook, the department wrote, ” If you are a Latino/a and use the roads of Suffolk County as a motorist or pedestrian, you may be part of a Class Action Settlement.” See full documents in Spanish and English below.
“This class action lawsuit involves claims by the Plaintiffs as representatives of the Class of all similarly situated Latinos in Suffolk County who are, or will be at risk of being subject to discriminatory and unconstitutional policing policies, patterns, and practices by County Defendants in violation of the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d, and the common law of the state of New York.”
Members of the class settlement are defined as “All Latino or Latina persons
who, at any time after January 2012, have been or in the future will be subject to a vehicular or 3 pedestrian stop or detention by an agent of the Suffolk County Police Department in the county of Suffolk. If you are one of these persons, you are participating in the lawsuit. ”
The documents tell residents that they do not need to do anything now to remain part of the settlement. “There are no rights to “opt out” or exclude yourself from the Class Action Settlement Agreement. The proposed Class Action Settlement Agreement will bind Class Members.”
Residents can also write to the court by May 4 about the proposed settlement, or attend a hearing on July 14 at noon to ask to speak about it. A request must be filed by May 4 to speak at that hearing.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York is handling the case, No. 15-cv-02431-WFK-LB.
More information is available at https://www.milbank.com/en/plaintiffs1-21.htmlPlaintiffs 1-21 - Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement Spanish
Plaintiffs 1-21 - Notice of Proposed Class Action Settlement English