ACLU sues Denver over police’s use of force against protesters

The Denver Post: The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Denver over the city’s treatment of protesters in the days after George Floyd’s death.

The lawsuit alleges Denver police, as well as officers from other jurisdictions who policed the Denver protests, violated protesters’ 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.”

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