First Amendment, Police Misconduct, and other Civil Rights Litigation

Since 2004, Gideon has been at the forefront of hundreds of criminal and civil cases arising from arrests made by New York City Police Department officers in the context of First Amendment assemblies.

Gideon’s First Amendment practice as an attorney has spanned various New York City administrative proceedings – including proceedings before the New York City Police Department, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Environmental Control Board – as well as New York city, state, and federal local and appellate courts.

Some notable moments in Gideon’s First Amendment and police misconduct practice have included:

  • The 2004 RNC – Criminal defense
  • The 2004 RNC – 2004-2005 Contempt Proceedings
  • The 2004 RNC – Federal civil rights litigation – 2004 through the present
  • Critical Mass-related criminal defense  – 2004 through 2010
  • Critical Mass-related civil litigation – 2004 through 2010
  • International Action Center v. NYC federal civil rights litigation – 2005 through 2009


Gideon has litigated, settled, and tried dozens of affirmative cases, winning  in excess of $1,000,000 for GideonLaw clients in one year alone, including such cases raising the following state and/or federal claims:

  • Police Brutality
  • Excessive Force
  • False Arrest
  • False Imprisonment
  • Excessive Detention
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Abuse of Process
  • Denial of Right to Legal Counsel
  • Denial of Medical Care
  • Unlawful Discrimination on the Basis of Race
  • Unlawful Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity/Expression
  • First Amendment violations
  • Fourth Amendment violations
  • Fifth Amendment violations
  • Sixth Amendment violations
  • Eighth Amendment violations
  • Fourteenth Amendment violations
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Other Employment Discrimination

More information about some of the cases Gideon has worked on can be found through exploring the nested pages and elsewhere on this site.


See, e.g., MacNamara v. City of New York, 2006 WL 3298911 at *12-13 (SDNY,2006).