UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Notice of Class Action, Proposed Class Settlement and Hearing
Becker, et al., v. District of Columbia, et al., Case No. 01- CV-0811 (PLF)(JMF)
If you were arrested on Saturday, April 15, 2000 in Washington, D.C. in
connection with IMF / World Bank related demonstrations, you could receive
up to $18,000 from a class action settlement.
A settlement has been proposed in a class action lawsuit about the illegality of the arrests of approximately
700 protesters and other persons on Saturday, April 15, 2000 in Washington, D.C. Many of those arrested
were detained between police lines on the street, moved onto busses for extended periods of time, were in
custody at least overnight, and were restrained wrist-to-ankle with plastic “flexcuffs.”
The class is “all persons who were detained and arrested on April 15, 2000 near the area of 20th Street, NW
and I and K Streets, Washington D.C., in connection with the protest against the Prison Industrial Complex
during the IMF/World Bank demonstrations.”
The proposed settlement will provide up to $18,000 per class member in compensation. Attorneys fees will
be paid separately and will not be deducted from this amount. In addition, the arrests of class members will
be expunged and declared legally null and void. The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department has agreed to
mandatory training of its officers and other measures to prevent recurrence.
Your legal rights are affected whether you act, or don’t act. Strict deadlines will apply.
Your Legal Rights and Options in this Settlement:
Submit a Claim Form The only way to get a payment.
Get no payment. This is the only option that allows you to ever be
part of any other lawsuit about the legal claims in this case.
Write to the Court about why you don’t like the settlement.
Go to a Hearing
Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement.
Get no payment. Give up rights.