The Njoroge family immigrated to the U.S. from Kenya in July 2004. Fourteen months later, a large squad of riot-geared Montgomery County police officers broke into their apartment at 4:30 a.m., put the mother on the floor in handcuffs, broke into the bedroom and put the 13- and 16- year-old girls on the floor in handcuffs, ransacked the apartment—finding nothing —and then realized that their search warrant said apartment 201, not 202.

After pre-litigation negotiations failed to obtain a reasonable offer of compensation, we sued Montgomery County in 2008. After some discovery, the County agreed to pay $30,000 to settle the case, and our clients accepted that offer. 

Pro Bono Law Firm(s)

Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Date filed

December 1, 2005