Police Accountability Project Wins 2004 CLEA Excellence Award for Stateway Civil Rights Project
The Civil Rights Police Accountability Project and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Project of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School received the Clinical Legal Education Association's 2004 Award for Excellence in a Public Interest Project. The award recognized the work of Professors Randolph Stone and Craig Futterman, together with more than twenty Clinic students and hundreds of public housing residents, in Williams v. Brown, a federal civil rights class action lawsuit challenging the Chicago police raid of a community basketball tournament held in Stateway Gardens, a South Side public housing community.
On February 22, 2001, more than forty Chicago police officers descended upon the Stateway Field House en masse, while the tournament game was in progress. The police encircled the Field House, and blocked each possible exit, imprisoning the 300 adults and children present. Over the next t