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 is a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of a North Smithfield resident, seeking the return of lawfully possessed weapons that were seized from him over six years ago by the local police department and which the department still refuses to return to him. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Jason Richer, argues that the North 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 filed in April 2015.

ACLU Cooperating Attorney:
Thomas W. Lyons

Related Documents
Related News Releases
  • 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