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Missouri Police Sued for $40 Million Over Actions in Ferguson Protests

August 29, 2014  | 

A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas, reports Reuters.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants."

The lawsuit seeks a total of $40 million on behalf of six plaintiffs, including a 17-year-old boy who was with his mother in a fast-food restaurant when they were arrested. Each of the plaintiffs was caught up in interactions with police over a period from Aug. 11 to 13, the suit alleges.

Named as defendants are the city of Ferguson, St. Louis County, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Delmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosmo, and other unnamed police officers from Ferguson and St. Louis County.

Tags: Lawsuits, St. Louis County PD, Ferguson (Mo.) PD, Ferguson (Mo.) Shooting


Comments (7)

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TheRookie @ 8/30/2014 8:16 AM

And I'm sure they are all backed by Erik` von With-Holder @ Dept. of Un-Justice & His DOJ Civil Rights Section hacks, too. Sad, sad indeed.

Chuck @ 8/30/2014 12:13 PM

Next time this happens get the F*** out of the way

Retired NY BOss @ 8/30/2014 12:35 PM

And if they didn't act they'd be sued for 40 million by those people who were hurt and/or had their property damaged by the "protestors".

Jelly @ 8/30/2014 8:00 PM

Damned if you do and damned if you don't. That's todays policing in America. Worst of all, the ones that are supposed to stand up for LEO's have caved to political pressure. This country is going into the toilet. Almost 500 "in the line of duty" deaths this year and no one from the white house shows up. Criminal thug gets killed and Obama sends 3 people to attend the funeral. Open your eyes LEO's, you're screwed!

cash please @ 8/30/2014 8:16 PM

Show me the money. Hey, I watched it on tv and i was scared. Can I get some of that free money too?

Don @ 8/31/2014 11:06 AM

The police agengies should counter sue these plaintiffs (loosely used) for rioting, looting, assualting and shooting at officers and putting their (LEOs) lives in danger. Is it not coincidental that the MO Highway Patrol and Capt. Johnson are not named co-defendants??????????????????????????????????? Even thought they escaulated to the same type of force and tactics. Humm!

Captain @ 9/3/2014 2:21 PM

is anyone really surprised by the law suit? I suggest that the media gets sued, without them this would have never made a front page story (never reporting any facts?

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