Settlement Reached in Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenging the Mass Arrest of 60+ Partygoers for Less Than an Ounce of Marijuana

Settlement Reached in Civil Rights Lawsuit Challenging the Mass Arrest of 60+ Partygoers for Less Than an Ounce of Marijuana
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Here’s the press release from the Southern Center For Human Rights   Today, we’re happy to announce that a settlement has been reached in Williams v. City of Cartersville, a civil rights lawsuit filed by SCHR and The Merchant Law Firm, PC, after 64 young people were arrested for being present at a party on December 30, 2017, where less than an ounce of marijuana was found. The lawsuit was filed against dozens of employees of the Cartersville Police Department, Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force, and Bartow County Sheriff’s Office. Under the settlement, the Defendants have agreed to pay $900,000.  In the early hours of New Years’ Eve 2017, Cartersville, Georgia police officers were dispatched to an apartment complex near a private residence after reports of gunshots (which they found no evidence of). As they grew closer to the residence (and despite their car windows being up) officers claimed to have smelled marijuana. Under a city policy that allows warrantless home entry on the mere basis of purported marijuana odors, officers entered the private residence without consent, a warrant, or probable cause. Once inside the home, the officers found dozens of predominantly Black and Brown young people attending a birthday party. They also found less than an ounce of marijuana. The officers immediately detained every person at the party. Hours later, the Bartow County Drug Task Force arrived and eventually arrested 64 partygoers—all but nine of them people of color—without investigating whether they were in any way involved with the small amount of marijuana discovered. Upon arriving at the Bartow County Jail, the young people were stripped-searched in front of multiple officers and placed in crowded holding tanks, where they stayed for 1-3 days without access to phones, the courts, or counsel. Some were placed in solitary confinement after they complained about their treatment.  Some jail staff…

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