Gang stalking cases and lawsuits
By Sarah Motter
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 6:50 AM GMT+8
WICHITA, Kan. (WIBW) – Civil rights organizations are celebrating as the Kansas District Court has proceeded with a lawsuit against a Kansas police department for its use of a roster of area gangs.
In a victory for plaintiffs, the ACLU of Kansas says the U.S. District Court of the District of Kansas denied portions of the City of Wichita’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit which challenged the city’s “Gang List.”
The ACLU said the ruling allows the suit to proceed with its claims that the gang database, and the Wichita Police Department’s use of it, is unconstitutional.
“We are largely pleased with the Court’s order,” Teresa Woody, Kansas Appleseed litigation director, said. “There is no justice in Wichita’s unconstitutional use of its gang list, and the Court’s Order allows us to continue to challenge laws and policies that harm residents across Wichita and Kansas as long as they are allowed to exist.”