A federal lawsuit prices that Chicago law enforcement officials violated the civil rights of a number of Black Lives Matter protesters this summer time throughout demonstrations in response to the police capturing deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others who died or had been harmed by the hands of regulation enforcement.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the 203-page lawsuit was filed Thursday (Nov. 19) on behalf of 60 individuals who say officers abused them whereas they protested.
“Whereas the plaintiffs had been exercising their First Modification rights to protest anti-Black police violence,” lawyer Vanessa del Valle stated throughout a information convention, “Chicago law enforcement officials brutally hit them with batons, together with strikes to the top, punched them within the face, tackled them to the bottom, kneed and kicked them, dragged them via the streets, used chemical brokers on them and kettled them.”
Chicago Police Division Supt. David Brown was amongst 20 officers named as defendants. However others, together with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, might also be named.
The lawsuit alleges 17 counts of violations of the protesters’ First, Fourth and Fourteenth Modification rights. It additionally cites malicious prosecution, failure to intervene within the alleged abuses and a “racially motivated conspiracy to deprive plaintiffs of their constitutional rights,” the Solar-Occasions stories.
Police clashed with protesters in Chicago a number of occasions throughout the summer time and it led to individuals who weren’t even concerned in any violence to being injured within the confrontations.
“I used to be similar to, man, they’re simply in a mode. They’re upset about one thing,” Jason Perez, who was at one protest and wound up crushed by police, told the Chicago Tribune.
“The officer who punched me must be held accountable for his actions,” stated Miracle Boyd, one other protester who was injured, stated on the information convention.
Neither town of Chicago nor its police division commented on the case besides to say that they haven’t but been served with the lawsuit.
“We have now not been served, however it is very important keep in mind that these are allegations at this stage and never proof,” Kathleen Fieweger, a Chicago metropolis Regulation Division spokesperson, stated in a press release emailed to the Solar-Occasions. “We’ll evaluate the grievance completely, and every allegation it incorporates, as soon as now we have been served and reply via the courts as applicable.”