Supreme Transparency
  • Term
  • 2023-2024

Gonzalez v. Trevino

Sylvia Gonzalez is a first-time city council member who alleges that during a protest, she was arrested by Castle Hill, Texas police in retaliation for calling for the removal of the pro-police city manager. The police claim they had probable cause to arrest her, but Gonzalez argues that under a prior Supreme Court case — Nieves v. Bartlett — a retaliatory arrest case can proceed even if there is probable cause provided that the police typically do not exercise their discretion to arrest. Now, the Supreme Court will decide whether to curb the right to protest, insulate officials from accountability for retaliatory arrests, and further embolden the carceral state.

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