PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Protesters have filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Pittsburgh Police Department, Mayor Bill Peduto and the City of Pittsburgh for their handling of a George Floyd protest in East Liberty earlier this month.
O’Brien Law, Abolitionist Law Center, and Elzer Law Firm, LLC. are representing the protesters. The lawsuit claims police “unleashed violence on peaceful demonstrators.” There are at least seven named plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
“In Pittsburgh and across the country, police officers’ use of chemical weapons such as tear gas and projectile munitions such as rubber bullets, beanbag rounds, and sponge grenades against protesters has resulted in serious and debilitating injuries. Moreover, the routine and indiscriminate use of these tactics deters would-be protesters from exercising their First Amendment right to peaceably assemble and petition the government,” said the attorneys representing the Protesters.
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