On May 11, 2021, the ACLU of Nevada and the Policing and Protest Clinic at the UNLV Boyd School of Law, filed an amicus brief in Cates v. Stroud, a case on petition for review before the United States Supreme Court.

The case calls into question the qualified immunity doctrine and arises from an incident in which a Las Vegas woman was subjected to a humiliating strip search during a visit to Nevada’s High Desert State Prison in violation of her constitutional rights.

The brief urges the Supreme Court to grant the petition and review the case. For Nevada, qualified immunity creates to a serious problem: If there’s no state-level mechanisms for addressing civil rights abuses, and the federal courts won’t do it, how does our community protect their constitutional rights?


Chris Peterson, ACLUNV Senior Staff Attorney


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