The Detroit Police Red Squad spied on more than 1,000,000 people.
Are YOU one of them?
For more than 30 years, a secret arm of the Detroit Police Department was tracking citizens to "root out" and "expose" subversives. Their targets were political activists, Vietnam War opponents, black nationalists, labor unionists, civil liberties advocates and many others engaged in social, cultural and other "dissident" activities.
The concentration was local, but the reach was global.
Any person or organization that suspects they were spied upon during the years 1937 to 1974 should request an application for their file. All requests are confidential and there is no cost to obtain the file information.
"The information released in these files demonstrates the excesses of an unaccountable police force, and should serve as an impetus in developing permanent restraints on illegal spying activities by the police."
Richard A. Soble,
Attorney for the Red Squad plaintiffs
Past President, National Lawyers Guild, Detroit Chapter
Send for your file application
Upon receipt of your request, an application will be mailed to you. Please indicate whether for an INDIVIDUAL or ORGANIZATION file.
The search for retrievable information may take several weeks. You will be notified of the status of your request, and the material will be sent when ready for distribution.
Please send me an application form so that I may seek any information gathered by the Detroit Police Red Squad.
City State Zip
MAIL TO: Red Squad Notification and Distribution
800 Palms Building, Detroit, MI 48201
Or call 313-961-7010, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm E.D.T.
Inquiries must be made before September 10, 1991, when the court order authorizing the program is scheduled to expire.