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Richer v. N. Smithfield Police Department (2018)

Category: Active Case    Due Process    Police Practices    Right to Petition & Protest    

About This Case:
This is a federal lawsuit on behalf of a North Smithfield resident, challenging the police department’s refusal to remove from its files a note falsely claiming that he is “dangerous,” “psychologically unstable,” and has numerous weapons at his house. Police officials have acknowledged that they have no basis for the claims contained in the note, which was uncovered while the ACLU was litigating another pending lawsuit on behalf of the resident, Jason Richer.

Current Status:
Lawsuit successfully settled in November 2019.

ACLU Cooperating Attorneys:
Thomas W. Lyons, Rhiannon S. Huffman

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Nov 21, 2019 - ACLU Settles Suit Against N. Smithfield Police for Falsely Labeling Resident “Unstable,” “Dangerous”
  • Oct 22, 2018 - ACLU Sues N. Smithfield Police for Placing Resident in Danger by Falsely Labeling Him Unstable