Final settlement nears in Detroit's infamous 'CAID raid'
By Lee DeVito
on Fri, Mar 20, 2015 at 2:28 PM
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On May 31, 2008, Detroit police officers stormed into the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit and carried out the infamous "CAID raid," detaining 130 revelers and impounding 40 vehicles for "loitering in a place of illegal occupation" at a popular Funk Night event. Our own Jack Lessenberry likened the event to a "fascist nightmare," and six years later Last Week Tonight's John Oliver even weighed in to dub it "the single funkiest shakedown in human history." Funk Night was never the same.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed suit against the city in February 2010, and in December 2012 a federal judge ruled the raid unconstitutional.
Additional action was on hold amid Detroit's bankruptcy, but it looks like this long, sorry (and funky) saga could finally be coming to an end. According to Detroit City Council's Tuesday meeting agenda, the city has agreed to settle all remaining claims in the case with a $175,000 settlement, pending approval by the board, which will cover damages and legal fees. The council is expected to consider the settlement on Tuesday during its regular session.