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USAS Complaint

USAS Complaint

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SUPERIOR COURT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIACIVIL DIVISIONUNITED STUDENTS AGAINSTSWEATSHOPS,1150 17th St., NWSuite 300Washington, DC 20036,PLAINTIFFvs.DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA,Serve:Vincent Gray, Mayor 441 4
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St., NW6
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Floor SouthWashington, DC 20001Irvin B. Nathan, Attorney General441 4
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St., NW6
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Floor SouthWashington, DC 20001OFFICER NICOLE RIZZI,251 Evans LaneArlington, Virginia 22305-3002DEFENDANTS
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Judge _____________ Civil Action No. ____________ 
COMPLAINT FOR DECLARATORY AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF
THE PARTIES1.
 
Plaintiff UNITED STUDENTS AGAINST SWEATSHOPS (
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) isa nonprofit association having its principal place of business in the District of Columbia.
 
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  by conducting peaceful lawful actions.3.
 
Defendant DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA is a municipal corporation of 
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Defendant Nicole Rizzi is an MPD officer, who works undercover using
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 JURISDICTION5.
 
This action arises under the District of Columbia Police InvestigationsConcerning First Amendment Activities Act of 2004, D.C. Code §§ 5-333.01,
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This court has jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter pursuant toD.C. Code § 11-921.STATEMENT OF FACTS7.
 
MPD has used one or more undercover officers, including Defendant Nicole Rizzi,
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First Amendment activity.Defendant Nicole Rizzi has infiltrated USAS protests including actions on March 11,2013, March 15, 2013, and June 29, 2013.8.
 
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store at 1120 Connecticut Avenue, Defendant employed Nicole Rizzi, identifying herself 
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was, a peaceful, lawful protest. On information and belief, MPD had no reason to believeany illegal activity would take place at the May 11, 2013 protest, and in fact no illegalactivity took place at the May 11, 2013 protest.
 
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May 15, 2013 in front of the
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Place, Defendant employed Nicole Rizzi,identifying
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to participate in the protest and hand out fliers.11.
 
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was, a peaceful, lawful protest. On information and belief, MPD had no reason to believeany illegal activity would take place at the May 15, 2013 protest, and in fact no illegalactivity took place at the May 15, 2013 protest.12.
 
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store at 1120 Connecticut Avenue, Defendant employed Nicole Rizzi, identifying herself 
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was, a peaceful, lawful protest. On information and belief, MPD had no reason to believeany illegal activity would take place at the June 29, 2013 protest, and in fact no illegalactivity took place at the June 29, 2013 protest.14.
 
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District of Columbia.
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 protesters by carrying banners, handing out flyers, chanting, and otherwise participatingin the protest.15.
 
Under the District of Columbia Police Investigations Concerning FirstAmendment Activities Act of 2004,
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any undercover activities shall be authorized asrequired by § 5-
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-333.10. Under D.C. Code § 5-333.07,
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investigation or preliminaryinquiry after written approval and authorization is obtained from the Chief of Police or 
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