About - Posts - Podcasts - Namesakes

CopsCases: A bot that tweets when police are sued

CopsCases was discontinued on 4/12/16

What does it do?

CopsCases is a bot that tweets when police, sheriff or state police/trooper/patrol agencies are sued in U.S. District courts (see below for courts that aren't included). It tweets the lawsuit's number, name and state it was filed in. It links to the plaintiff's complaint (and amended complaint if there is one) and the defendant's response. CopsCases was created by @abrahamhyatt.

Does it tweet every lawsuit?

Use at your own risk. CopsCases usually tweets a few hours after a document has been filed but it is not real-time. The bot uses court RSS feeds, which may stop working or publish faulty info or take a long time (sometimes over a day) to publish updates about a lawsuit. The bot only tweets lawsuits where the law enforcement agency is explicitly named in the title of the suit. Specialized law enforcement agencies, like Fish and Wildlife or Alcoholic Beverage Control, aren't included.

Updates

Update 3/9: The bot is occasionally not tweeting amended complaints and/or responses to complaints. Fixed.

Update 1/25: Added Arizona, Colorado, Indiana Southern, Maine, New Mexico, Oregon (newly published feeds); removed Pennsylvania Middle (feed no longer works).

U.S. District courts included:
Alabama Middle
Alabama Southern
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas Eastern
Arkansas Western
California Central
California Northern
California Southern
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
District Of Columbia
Florida Middle
Florida Southern
Georgia Middle
Guam
Idaho
Illinois Central
Illinois Northern
Indiana Northern
Indiana Southern
Iowa Northern
Iowa Southern
Kansas
Kentucky Western
Louisiana Eastern
Louisiana Middle
Louisiana Western
Maine
Massachusetts
Michigan Eastern
Michigan Western
Missouri Eastern
Missouri Western
Montana
Nebraska
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York Eastern
New York Northern
New York Southern
North Carolina Eastern
North Carolina Middle
North Carolina Western
Northern Mariana Islands
Ohio Northern
Ohio Southern
Oklahoma Western
Oregon
Pennsylvania Eastern
Pennsylvania Western
Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee Eastern
Tennessee Middle
Texas Eastern
Texas Southern
Texas Western
Utah
Vermont
Virgin Islands
Virginia Western
Washington Eastern
Washington Western
West Virginia Northern
West Virginia Southern
Wisconsin Eastern
Wisconsin Western
Tennessee Western
Wyoming

Not included (no RSS feed):
Alabama Northern
California Eastern
Florida Northern
Georgia Northern
Georgia Southern
Hawaii
Illinois Southern
Kentucky Eastern
Maryland
Minnesota
Mississippi Northern
Mississippi Southern
Nevada
New York Western
North Dakota
Oklahoma Eastern
Oklahoma Northern
Pennsylvania Middle
South Carolina
Texas Northern
Virginia Eastern