Civil Procedure Keyed to Marcus
Kedra v. City of Philadelphia
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Plaintiffs’ complaint alleges that two of the Kedra children and the husband of another were arrested on December 22, 1975, without probable cause, beaten, and interrogated at the police station. Seven days later, police officers conducted an unlawful search of the Plaintiffs’ home, unlawfully detained members of the family and took some members to the station where they were beaten. It is further alleged that police engaged in a systematic pattern of harassment of Plaintiffs. One son was arresting and beaten in June, 1976, and another son was harassed by police in February or March, 1977. Plaintiffs jointly filed suit under civil rights statutes, 42 U.S.C. Section:Section: 1983, 1985, 1986, for deprivation of constitutional rights and sought compensatory and punitive damages. Defendants argued improper joinder of parties, because Plaintiffs’ claims against them did not arise out of the same transaction or occurrence. The claims stemmed from events spanning fifteen months.
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