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Father Sues Child Protective Services for ‘Kidnapping’ His Kids As Black Children Are Disproportionately Placed In Foster Care
By Cissy White (ACE CONNECTION STAFF) 6/5/18 4:07 PM

Black children are placed in foster care and separated from their parents far more often than white children, reflecting a racial disparity in the system that some Black parents are attempting to remedy. A civil rights case recently filed in Minnesota by a Black father who alleges the state kidnapped his children and placed them in foster care shines a light on the scope of what has emerged as a national problem.

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Minnesota parents seek a statewide ban on child removals, allege abuses
A group of parents says overly broad state laws allow "legal kidnappings."


By Chris Serres Star Tribune JUNE 5, 2018 — 9:08PM

Dwight Mitchell Amanda Weber (left) and Dwight Mitchell (right) are among a group of Minnesota parents who say their children were wrongly removed from their homes, and they are urging a federal court to declare Minnesota’s child protection laws unconstitutional.

A group of Minnesota parents has asked a federal judge to strike down Minnesota’s child protection laws, saying they are overly broad and put children at risk of being removed from safe and loving homes.

In a letter filed in federal court Tuesday, the parents are seeking a court order declaring that certain state laws that govern when and how children can be removed from their homes are unconstitutional and deprive families of due process. The growing parents’ association, Stop Child Protection Services From

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Group of Minnesota Parents Calls For Shutdown Of Child Protective Services

By Fox 9 (Minneapolis) | Jun 5, 2018



ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - A group is calling for a federal court to shut down Child Protective Services after claiming the agency takes children away from parents without due process.

“Stop Child Protective Services from Legally Kidnapping Children” filed a motion Tuesday for a permanent injunction to immediately close CPS, calling the agency’s practices unconstitutional.

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Outraged Parents Ask Federal Court For Injunction to Shut Down Child Protection Services in Minnesota

Plaintiffs "Stop Child Protection Services from Legally Kidnapping Children" Wage War and Seek Order to Overturn Alleged Unconstitutional Laws and Stop Serial Abuse of Families Now! United States District Court - District of Minnesota - Case Number 0:8-CV-01091

By ST. PAUL, MINN. (PRWEB) JUNE 04, 2018

On June 5, 2018 parents from across the state of Minnesota, are asking a federal court to shut down the state’s child protection services, stop serial abuse of families and overturn the unconstitutional laws by which the agency operates.

Dwight Mitchell and the group Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping Children, (SCPSLKC), with 1,253 members, are asking the United States District Court of Minnesota to issue a summary judgement against state and county agencies enforcing Minnesota’s child protection laws. Close to 4,000 parents have signed the groups petition Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping Children on change.org.

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Father Sues Child Protective Services for ‘Kidnapping’ His Kids As Black Children Are Disproportionately Placed In Foster Care


By David Love | May 29, 2018

Black children are placed in foster care and separated from their parents far more often than white children, reflecting a racial disparity in the system that some Black parents are attempting to remedy. A civil rights case recently filed in Minnesota by a Black father who alleges the state kidnapped his children and placed them in foster care shines a light on the scope of what has emerged as a national problem.

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Lawsuit Targets CPS in Response to Black Children Being Five Times More Likely to be Put In Foster Care

Dwight Mitchell


Taylor Christian April 30, 2018 3 min read

 
Single father Dwight Mitchell and a group of parents who make up an organization called “Stop Child Protection Services from Legally Kidnapping”  launched a civil rights lawsuit at state agencies against the state of Minnesota and Dakota County who enforce child protection laws. The organization alleges that black children are targets of unnecessary investigations which are triggered by simple allegations or social worker discretion. This ultimately causes black children to be removed from their homes. Mitchell and his associates say that this occurs five times more often with black children than white children. The group already has over 300 people across the state who have joined the group out of similar circumstances.

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Federal lawsuit: Minnesota child protection workers illegally remove African-American kids


By: Brandt Williams April 26, 2018 3 min read


A lawsuit filed this week in federal court accuses child protection workers of illegally removing African-American children from their parents.


The civil rights lawsuit comes as the number of permanent and temporary out-of-home placement proceedings involving black children is on the rise across the state.

A few weeks before the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, lead plaintiff Dwight Mitchell appeared at the Capitol when legislation was announced aimed at preventing "unnecessary out-of-home placement" of black children.

Mitchell is suing Dakota County and the state Department of Human Services.

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Parents sue over child protection laws in Minnesota

By Associated Press - Posted Apr 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM

A group of parents has accused state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota of illegally removing children from their homes.

The civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis Tuesday alleges the state’s child protection laws are overly broad and that children are being taken from their homes and placed in foster care for parental discipline, such as spanking.

The main plaintiff in the lawsuit is Dwight Mitchell, founder of the Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping organization, which has about 250 members in the state, The Star Tribune reported. Mitchell said Dakota County child welfare workers removed two of his children from his Apple Valley home after a baby sitter reported that Mitchell spanked his 11-year-old son for stealing and being disobedient in 2014.

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Parents File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Minnesota Because CPS Kidnapped Their Children

Dwight Mitchell

This past week (April 2018) a group of Minnesota parents filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing Dakota County and the State of Minnesota for kidnapping their children and placing them unnecessarily into foster care.

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Dwight D. Mitchell, who founded an association of parents called Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping, which has about 250 members in Minnesota.

Mr. Mitchell and several parents held a press conference at the State Capital last week, and Mr. Mitchell was interviewed by several local media sources.

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Parents File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Minnesota Because CPS Kidnapped Their Children
Dwight Mitchell


By Brian Shilhavy Editor, Health Impact News 

This past week (April 2018) a group of Minnesota parents filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing Dakota County and the State of Minnesota for kidnapping their children and placing them unnecessarily into foster care.

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Dwight D. Mitchell, who founded an association of parents called Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping, which has about 250 members in Minnesota.

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May 4, 2018

Parents File Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Minnesota Because CPS Kidnapped Their Children

Dwight Mitchell


By Brian Shilhavy

This past week (April 2018) a group of Minnesota parents filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing Dakota County and the State of Minnesota for kidnapping their children and placing them unnecessarily into foster care.

The lead plaintiff in the lawsuit is Dwight D. Mitchell, who founded an association of parents called Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping, which has about 250 members in Minnesota.

Mr. Mitchell and several parents held a press conference at the State Capital last week, and Mr. Mitchell was interviewed by several local media sources.

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Lawsuit targets Child Protection Services, alleging 'legal kidnapping'
 
Published April 24, 2018 - News - FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul

(KMSP) - A new federal lawsuit targets Minnesota's Child Protection Services and child protection laws.

The suit alleges that CPS triggers unnecessary investigations and puts children at risk of being removed from their home based only on allegations.

Dwight Mitchell thought he was living his own nightmare, but when he decided to fight back he found there were many other stories out there just like his - which is why he is heading up the lawsuit and sharing his story.

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Parents Sue Over Child Protection Laws in Minnesota

April 25, 2018, at 4:17 p.m.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of parents has accused state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota of illegally removing children from their homes.

The civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis Tuesday alleges the state's child protection laws are overly broad and that children are being taken from their homes and placed in foster care for parental discipline, such as spanking.

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Lawsuit alleges Minnesota child welfare workers are illegally removing children from homes

By Chris Serres  Star Tribune  APRIL 25, 2018 — 12:13PM


Dwight Mitchell
A group of Minnesota parents has accused state and county child protection agencies of wrongfully removing their children and placing them in foster care for what they consider to be ordinary parental discipline, such as spanking.

In a civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday, attorneys for the parents allege that Minnesota’s child protection laws are overly broad, triggering unnecessary investigations and putting children at risk for being removed from safe and loving homes.

The main plaintiff in the case is Dwight D. Mitchell, who founded an association of parents called Stop Child Protection

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Lawsuit Challenges Minnesota Child Protection Laws

ASSOCIATED PRESS - Published: April 25, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of parents has accused state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota of illegally removing children from their homes.

The civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis Tuesday alleges the state's child protection laws are overly broad and that children are being taken from their homes and placed in foster care for parental discipline, such as spanking. 

The main plaintiff in the lawsuit is Dwight Mitchell, founder of the Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping organization, which has about 250 members in the state, The Star Tribune reported. Mitchell said Dakota County child welfare workers removed two of his children from his Apple Valley home after a babysitter reported that Mitchell spanked his 11-year-old son for stealing and being disobedient in 2014.

One of Mitchell's children was kept in state custody for 22 months, while another was removed for five months, according to the lawsuit.

"It was every parent's worst nightmare," said Mitchell, 57, a management consultant. "My children were legally kidnapped for a bottom spanking that was done out of love because I want my children to grow up to be hardworking members of society."

A child can be found "in need of child protection services" if a parent causes bodily harm, which is defined as causing pain, injury or illness under the current state law.

The lawsuit also alleges that such laws disproportionately impact black families, including Mitchell's. African-American children in Minnesota were three times more likely than white children to be reviewed for child protection services in 2016, according to a state report.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services said the agency hasn't been served the lawsuit. A Dakota County spokeswoman declined to comment because the agency has yet to review the lawsuit.


Original Article: http://krocam.com/lawsuit-challenges-minnesota-child-protection-laws/


Parents sue over child protection laws in Minnesota

April 25, 2018

A group of parents has accused state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota of illegally removing children from their homes.

The civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis Tuesday alleges the state’s child protection laws are overly broad and that children are being taken from their homes and placed in foster care for parental discipline, such as spanking.

The main plaintiff in the lawsuit is Dwight Mitchell, founder of the Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping organization, which has about 250 members

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Group Suing Over Child Protection Laws

KNSI NEWS | APR 25, 2018 AT 11:50 AM

(AP) - A group of parents is suing state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota, alleging children are illegally being removed from homes.

The civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday claims the state's child protection laws are overly broad and that children are taken from their homes and placed in foster care for parental discipline, such as spanking.

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Child Protection Services Under Lawsuit
By - Administrator - April 25, 2018

The Minnesota and Dakota county child protection agencies are being sued by parents for illegally removing children from homes and placing them into foster homes in cases of parental discipline. Main plaintiff Dwight Mitchell had his children taken and put into a foster home after his baby sitter told child welfare that Mitchell had spanked his son. Mitchell is the founder of the organization Stop Child Protection Services from Legally Kidnapping. The parents suing claim the state’s child protection laws are too broad and enable confiscation of children to be placed in foster homes too easily. No comment has been released by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.


Original Article: https://utvsnews.com/?p=42589



Lawsuit Targets CPS in Response to Black Children Being Five Times More Likely to be Put In Foster Care

Bob Collins April 25, 2018, 7:19 AM

It’s unlikely there’ll be many people on the sidelines in the case of a lawsuit that alleges children have been taken from parents in Minnesota because they were spanked. You’re either for spanking or you’re against it.

“It was every parent’s worst nightmare,” Dwight Mitchell, of Apple Valley, tells the Star Tribune, which reports on the lawsuit from a group of parents. “My children were legally kidnapped for a bottom spanking that was done out of love, because I want my children to grow up to be hardworking members of society.”

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Parents sue over child protection laws in Minnesota

Originally published April 25, 2018 at 4:50 am Updated April 25, 2018 at 1:18 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of parents has accused state and county child protection agencies in Minnesota of illegally removing children from their homes.

The civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis Tuesday alleges the state’s child protection laws are overly broad and that children are being taken from their homes and placed in foster care for parental discipline, such as spanking.

The main plaintiff in the lawsuit is Dwight Mitchell, founder of the Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping

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