CRT Biweekly Newsletter July 29, 2016

  • Head of the Civil Rights Division Vanita Gupta traveled with Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch and other Department of Justice officials to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Yesterday they attended a memorial service honoring the fallen law enforcement officers, and today they participated in a community roundtable convened by the department’s Community Relations Services (CRS) and held a meeting with law enforcement first responders.
  • Vanita Gupta published a blog post on Tuesday – the 26th anniversary of the ADA – highlighting the impact of the Justice Department’s ADA enforcement efforts.  On Thursday, we published “Beyond the Cases: 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act – The Lives, Faces, and Stories Behind the ADA,” a more comprehensive document that provides brief case highlights, along with anecdotal stories about some of those people impacted by the department’s ADA enforcement work. 
  • A former St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer was sentenced to 52 months in prison for depriving an arrestee, identified in court documents as M.W., of his civil rights by assaulting him and forcing a gun into his mouth while the victim was handcuffed.
  • The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement with YMCA of the Triangle in Raleigh, North Carolina, to resolve allegations that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by denying a child the opportunity to participate in an after-school program because of his Type 1 diabetes.
  • The Justice Department filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan to recover damages from the COPOCO Community Credit Union, alleging that it violated the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) by repossessing protected servicemembers’ motor vehicles without obtaining the necessary court orders.
  • The Justice Department announced that the owners and manager of the Westland Apartments, a 28-unit apartment complex in Lakewood, Colorado, have agreed to pay $75,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination against families with children in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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Updated December 28, 2016

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