Law and Anarchy

St. Louis Police Chief Joe Mokwa and his officers may stand trial for violating the civil rights of “anarchists” in 2003.

Meanwhile, of the 25 "anarchists" who originally filed suit against the city in 2005, just 10 remain as plaintiffs. Each seeks a minimum of $1,000 in compensatory and punitive damages from the arrests, though their attorney stresses that the case has never been about money.

"The plaintiffs' driving force from the beginning has been that their constitutional rights were infringed upon, and they want a jury to hear their case," says Sarachan. "This certainly is not the lottery for them."

If Joe Mokwa's appeal is not granted, the chief and his officers could face trial for violating civil rights early next year.
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If Joe Mokwa's appeal is not granted, the chief and his officers could face trial for violating civil rights early next year.

Should the appeals court uphold Judge Limbaugh's decision, Sarachan anticipates a new trial date will be scheduled for early next year.

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