Dan Dozier Successfully Mediates D.C. Mass Arrest CasePosted June 16, 2021 by Press, Dozier & Hamelburg News in
When Donald Trump was sworn in as President in 2017, the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department rounded up and arrested hundreds of protestors near Franklin Square at 12th and L Streets, NW.
After being appointed to mediate two high-profile cases challenging the mass arrests, our colleague Dan Dozier and his co-mediator John Aldock worked pro bono for the past two years to achieve a settlement, announced just this past April. The two cases are Horse et al. v. District of Columbia et al. and Schultz v. District of Columbia, et al.
As a result of the negotiated settlement, the DC government agreed to change the police department’s mass-arrest policies to require recording of searches from three angles with body-worn cameras when practicable, notifying officers of standing police policies in First Amendment-protected mass events, and limiting the use of stingballs – explosive devices that release smoke, make noise, and flashes – by rolling them on the ground instead of throwing them in the air except under extreme circumstances. The cases also resulted in a monetary settlement of about $1.6 million for both cases.
Dan’s appointment as mediator to these two politically sensitive and emotionally charged cases follows a distinguished career as an internationally known mediator. He has been on the court’s roster of mediators for over 30 years and recently was named a Best Attorney-Mediator by Washingtonian Magazine. We congratulate Dan on achieving a successful outcome.