The ACLU is not waiting around to help the rioters and protestors remove police departments… it’s bringing lawsuits.
On Thursday, the leftist group sued the Denver Police Department for force used to move “peaceful” demonstrators.
The lawsuit alleges Denver police, as well as officers from other jurisdictions who policed the Denver protests, violated demonstrators’ constitutional rights by indiscriminately using excessive force — including deploying tear gas, pepper spray, less-lethal bullets and chemical irritants — to disperse the crowds.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of Black Lives Matter 5280, as well as nine named peaceful protesters who were pepper-sprayed or injured by police, and claims the police department’s tactics were used to “corral, intimidate and silence protesters.”
[Given the amount of carnage carried out by these ‘peaceful’ individuals, the claim seems to many people to be bogus and ridiculous… like ALL liberal claims.]
A series of photos included in ACLU of Colorado’s lawsuit against Denver show injuries sustained by Elizabeth Epps from police’s use of “less-lethal” munitions during the protests.
The lawsuit says police fired without warning on peaceful protesters and details the experiences of each of the individual plaintiffs, including Elisabeth Epps, who was struck several times by less-lethal munitions, and Zack Packard, who was hit in the head by a projectile and knocked unconscious. He suffered a fractured skull and jaw, two fractured discs and bleeding in his brain, according to the lawsuit.
“The city’s actions, while unconstitutional in any context, are even more pernicious here because the use of this dangerously excessive force specifically targeted peaceful demonstrators who assembled to protest police brutality, particularly law enforcement violence that disproportionately targets Black and brown people,” said Mark Silverstein, ACLU of Colorado’s legal director.
A series of photos included in ACLU of Colorado’s lawsuit against Denver show Zack Packard after he was hit in the head by a projectile and knocked unconscious.
The lawsuit details the impact on the injured protesters, including their injuries, nightmares and fear of police use of force, and seeks an order banning Denver law enforcement officers from using tear gas or less-lethal weapons on protesters. It also seeks damages for the plaintiffs.
A Denver police spokesman declined to immediately comment on the lawsuit and the city attorney’s office did not immediately return a request for comment.
It’s at least the second lawsuit filed against the city stemming from the protests. The first, filed in early June, prompted a federal judge on June 5 to order the Denver Police Department to limit its use of chemical weapons and non-lethal projectiles on protesters.
The temporary restraining order set out rules for the use of such weapons, including that they had to first be approved by a police lieutenant who witnessed specific acts of violence and that officers could not aim at people’s heads, necks or backs, or fire into a crowd, among other regulations.
That initial temporary restraining order was extended on June 19 and will expire Friday.
Here’s some video of the violence: