As a result of the recent violence in Ferguson, Missouri, six individuals have filed a lawsuit against the city and members of its police department, among other named Defendants. The suit alleges civil rights violations and seeks an award equaling $40 million. Caught in the aftermath of the August 9 killing of 18 year old Michael Brown by police, the plaintiffs share similar stories as described in this article.
Two plaintiffs claim they were parties in a peaceful protest when officers fired tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades on the protestors. Another plaintiff claims that polices confiscated his camera and arrested him while he was shooting footage of the ensuing chaos.
One plaintiff alleges that he was shot with rubber bullets by police while on his way to visit his mother. The suit further claims that he was sprayed with pepper spray and beaten after falling to the ground.
One plaintiff alleges that while she and her son were eating at McDonald’s, police officers armed with rifles ordered them out. Once out of the restaurant, the suit claims, the officers pushed her to the ground, handcuffed and arrested both her and her son.
Attorney for the Plaintiffs, Reginald Greene, “This is a blatant example o how police handle African-Americans… how it can go terribly, terribly wrong. You have a right to peaceful assembly.”
If you or someone you know thinks they have experienced excessive force, wrongful arrest or malicious prosecution, the team at Radford & Keebaugh can help. Contact us by phone at (678) 369-3609 or use our contact form.