The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action lawsuit against top law enforcement officials in Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota, prompted by protester injuries during demonstrations after the death of George Floyd. A-C-L-U Minnesota Legal Director Teresa Nelson says police either didn’t give warnings to disperse or didn’t give protesters time to comply:
“Irregardless of the situation, they should not have been kettled between two lines of police shooting chemical weapons at them while they were trying to disperse.”
The lawsuit alleges ongoing failure by the Minneapolis Police Department to train and supervise officers, and investigate and discipline them for First Amendment violations. State Public Safety officials aren’t commenting on pending litigation, but say they defend citizens’ right to First Amendment expression in a lawful and non-violent manner.