The lawsuit accuses CMPD and members of its command staff of drawing up a plan to end the night’s protests in Uptown over the death of George Floyd with “a retaliatory and punishing show of force ... to discourage future protests against police.”
The terms of the settlement force extensive revisions to CMPD directives, including a ban on the use of CS tear gas during protests and a ban on the use of chemical weapons to “kettle” or trap protesters.
On Tuesday, Travis County District Attorney José Garza announced the pending indictment against APD Officer Gregory Gentry was dismissed “in the best interest of justice."
Both officers are seeking unspecified damages for their injuries, which include “contusions, abrasions, soreness, sleeplessness and agitation, and significant pain and suffering,” according to their largely identical suits filed separately in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The civil complaint against the city claims the officers were “forced to physically pass and confront the mural every time they entered the Palo Alto Police department,” calling it “offensive, discriminatory and harassing iconography” that fostered a “hostile” and “retaliatory” work environment.