Law enforcement officials used “brutal, violent and unconstitutional techniques” to quell protests over the killings of Blacks final summer time, with victims claiming they had been crushed with batons and sprayed with chemical compounds, alleges a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, reports USA Today. Attorneys with regulation clinics at Northwestern College and others filed the swimsuit on behalf of 60 individuals who joined protests to convey nationwide consideration to the circumstances of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jacob Blake and others. “These 60 plaintiffs are multiracial, multigenerational and are available from all walks of life. All of them participated in numerous demonstrations all through the town in the summertime of 2020,” mentioned legal professional Vanessa del Valle. The swimsuit names Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, together with 20 officers.
“Whereas the plaintiffs had been exercising their First Modification rights to protest anti-Black police violence, Chicago law enforcement officials brutally hit them with batons, together with strikes to the pinnacle, 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,” del Valle mentioned. Officers additionally focused protesters’ property – destroying cameras, telephones, and eyeglasses and confiscating bikes, backpacks, and different belongings, the swimsuit alleges. Officers “usually known as protesters vile and vulgar names, usually utilizing misogynistic and homophobic phrases” and “usually affirmatively escalated encounters via taunts, shoves, pushes, and different inappropriate habits at these protests,” the swimsuit says. Brown has defended the actions of his officers, saying that the peaceable demonstration had been “hijacked by organized mobs.” Chicago’s Civilian Workplace of Police Accountability, the company that investigates police misconduct, obtained 520 protest-related complaints between Could 29 and the tip of October. Since then, eight officers have been relieved of police powers, and 170 investigations are ongoing.