Richer v. Parmelee - A court case that The ACLU of Rhode Island is currently involved in.

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Richer v. Parmelee (2015)

Category: Active Case    Due Process    


About This Case:
This was a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a North Smithfield resident, seeking the return of lawfully possessed weapons that were seized from him by local police for more than six years. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Jason Richer, argued that the N. Smithfield Police Department violated his right to due process and his right to keep and bear arms by retaining his property without just cause.

In 2015, we filed a similar lawsuit against the City of Cranston.

Current Status:
Lawsuit settled in July 2019.

ACLU Cooperating Attorney:
Thomas W. Lyons, Rhiannon Huffman

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • Jul 10, 2019 - Jury Awards N Smithfield Resident $20K in Damages for Unlawful 6-Year Seizure of Weapons by Police
  • Jun 02, 2016 - Judge Rules Unlawful Six-Year Seizure of Weapons by North Smithfield Police
  • Apr 23, 2015 - ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Unlawful Six-Year Seizure of Weapons by North Smithfield Police