Dnigma Howard, a 16 year old at Marshall Metropolitan High School was pushed down stairs, punched, and tazed by two police officers without justification. When Dnigma and her father needed justice, they hired Action not only to defend her against the false criminal charges but also to advance her civil rights in a federal lawsuit against the City of Chicago and the Board of Education.
Dnigma Howard, a 16-year-old student at Marshall Metropolitan High School, was asked to leave the school premises after using her phone in class. When she refused, the school had security and two Chicago Police Officers removed her from the school. As she went to hug a friend goodbye, the officers pulled her away and pushed her down a flight of stairs, where they then proceeded to punch, kick, and taze her.
The officers then lied about the events in their report, charging her wrongfully with felony offenses.
Dnigma and her father wanted justice for the violence she faced, so they called Action.
It is our hope and expectation that Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot will use this moment in time to address the issue of policing in schools
As a result of Dnigma's federal civil rights lawsuit, the City of Chicago and the Chicago Board of Education re-evaluated its policy on the presence of police officers in schools. New policies, procedures and training has been implemented in the Chicago Public School System.