In Ferguson, Missouri, a group of people who have been caught in the unrest after a white police officer shot and killed a black teenager, brought a lawsuit against local law enforcement officials on Thursday. It stated that civil rights were allegedly violated through numerous arrests and also from police attacks with tear gas and rubber bullets.
The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. It stated that law enforcement met an extensive public uproar over the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown, age 18, with militaristic displays of weaponry and force. It also claimed the police then battled U.S. inhabitants as if they were war participants.
The suit seeks a total of over $40 million on behalf of six complainants, including a teenager, age 17, who was with his mother inside a fast food restaurant when they each were placed under arrest. Every one of the six claimants claim they were caught up in dealings with law enforcement over a period of time from Aug. 11 to 13, alleges the lawsuit.
The city of Ferguson, the Ferguson Police Chief, St. Louis County, the St. Louis County Police Chief, and numerous Ferguson police officers from both Ferguson and also St. Louis County have all been named as defendants. However so far neither the county, city, nor any of the named police departments had any comments on the lawsuit.
The suit trails nearly two weeks of racial strife that have occurred in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where Brown’s killing has provoked protesters to go to the streets. Several stores were looted in nightly demonstrations and police reacted by using riot gear and brought in military equipment to attempt to quell the chaos.
One of the plaintiffs alleged that she and her son were inside a McDonald’s restaurant when numerous law enforcement officers who had rifles ordered them out of the fast food joint. The lawsuit states that one of the police officers flung her to the ground and put her in handcuffs and then both she and her child were arrested.
Another complainant claimed he was attempting to visit his mother, who lived in Ferguson, when several police officers, dressed in military style uniforms, were in her neighborhood and shot him with rubber bullets. After he had fell to the ground, he alleges he was both sprayed with pepper spray and also beaten.
Two other plaintiffs allegedly say they were peacefully protesting when police officers dressed in riot gear fired on each of them with rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades. A separate complainant stated that he was attempting to record material of the protests when law enforcement took his camera and proceeded to arrest him.
Lawyer Reginald Greene is who brought the case to court. He declared that all the examples were blatant illustrations of how police sometimes handle African-Americans, how things can go terribly wrong. Americans have the right to peaceful assembly.
Law enforcement has stated that officer Wilson shot Brown in a dispute on a suburban street when the police officer asked the teenager to move from the middle of the road. Some eyewitnesses have stated that Brown had lifted his hands in the air in surrender when he was shot about six different times, including two times in the head.
In Ferguson, a group of individuals who have been caught in the unrest after a white police officer shot and killed a black teenager, decided to bring a lawsuit against local law enforcement officials on Thursday.
By Kimberly Ruble