Racially Profiled Youth to File Lawsuit Against City of Chicago

Community Groups Stand Behind Arrested Affordable Care Act Canvassers, Demand Protection of Constitutional Rights

CHICAGO, IL – On Tuesday, February 3rd, community leaders will hold a press conference at the Federal Courthouse to announce the filing of a false arrest lawsuit against the City of Chicago.

On March 25th, 2014, Felipe Hernandez and Kevin Tapia were door knocking to inform residents about the March 31st deadline for the Affordable Care Act when they were stopped by Chicago Police Department officers, detained, searched multiple times, and questioned. Despite complying fully with the officers and providing their supervisor’s name and contact information, they were arrested.  After being detained for several hours they were released, and the charges were later dropped.

Kevin and Felipe were racially profiled and it is another example of the criminalization of youth of color in this City and across the nation. This lawsuit is being filed to not only redress the wrongful arrest of Kevin and Felipe but to send a message to the Chicago Police Department that we demand that our First  Amendment rights be protected, especially as many Chicagoans of color are canvassing across the City to get out the vote for the February 24th municipal elections.

The press conference will be held Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 a.m., at the Federal Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, in Chicago.

In attendance will be:

Felipe Hernandez, Arrested Canvasser and Plaintiff

Kevin Tapia, Arrested Canvasser and Plaintiff

Joey Mogul, People’s Law Office

Amisha Patel, Grassroots Collaborative

Leaders from community neighborhood organizations

Grassroots Collaborative is Action Now, American Friends Service Committee – Great Lakes Region, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Chicago Teachers Union, Enlace Chicago, Illinois Hunger Coalition, ONE Northside, Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois Indiana.