Police Spraying Toxic Chemicals on Americans Who Peacefully Object to Brutality: Lawsuit

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Sabrina Canfield | Courthouse News Service

BATON ROUGE (CN) – The ACLU of Louisiana and other local groups sued the Baton Rouge Police Department and the state over officers’ heavy-handed response to protests in the wake of Alton Sterling’s shooting death last week.

The lawsuit seeks an order restraining the police from using chemical agents and force on protestors who have expressed their grievances peacefully.

The plaintiffs claim police repeatedly violated peaceful protester’s civil rights during protests that occurred across city following Sterling’s July 5th death at the hands of police..





“Our Nation is built on a foundation of free speech, dissent, and protest; since our very founding, the American people have taken to the streets and sidewalks to make their voices heard on matters of public concern,” the lawsuit says.

Protesters, the lawsuit says, have come together to peacefully observe their “foundational rights —by joining together in peaceful protest to draw attention to the death of Mr. Sterling, the deaths of Black citizens at the hands of police across the country, and law enforcement’s use of excessive force, particularly toward the Black community.”

But, in response, the defendants, who are city of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana State Police, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, and several law enforcement officials have “engaged with protesters in a militarized fashion, including full body gear, threatening the use of chemical agents, and keeping live automatic weapons trained on peaceful crowds.”


Approximately 200 protestors were arrested during protests over this past weekend. Several were arrested from a private home after the woman who rents it told the protestors they could come inside to escape police harassment. Police went into the house and arrested the protestors without permission.

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