Federal Judge ruled that Ferguson protesters failed to show evidence of police violence in civil rights lawsuit.
On Monday, a federal judge dismissed $41.5 million Ferguson protesters’ civil rights lawsuit against police officers. The officers were charged with the use of excessive force on protesters in demonstrations, which erupted in the streets of Ferguson after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014.
U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey in St. Louis County, Missouri, ruled against the protesters. In his 74-page ruling, he stated that the protesters “completely failed to present any credible evidence that any of the actions taken by these individuals were taken with malice or were committed in bad faith.”
Autrey also wrote that the participants of the event were ordered to go away, and were given the opportunity to do so, but decided to ignore the officers’ warnings. The cops involved in the reported assault of the demonstrators participating in the 2014 protest have been granted immunity.
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The lawyer representing the victims of the assault, Gregory Lattimer, said, “It’s unfortunate that the Constitution has such a rough time in Missouri, but I think that the court of appeals will look at this and make a determination that … the judge’s refusal to allow these cases to go forward was not consistent with applicable law.”
The lawsuit was filed by nine protesters on August 28, 2014, as they claimed that they were illegally arrested, sprayed with tear gas, shot with rubber-coated bullets and violently beaten during the demonstration. Police violence was properly reported by the protesters, but their complaints got no tenable response.
The local NAACP chapter has also voiced its concerns about the Autrey’s ruling, claiming that it is quite dissatisfied with the outcome of the case and hopes that justice will be served.
The Judge’s decision is absolutely ridiculous, to say the least. The officers used excessive force on the protesters, who exercised their rights and also had every reason to be outraged by the death of an innocent and unarmed Black boy.
Unfortunately, there is almost no hope for the Black community in this case. The proceedings resemble the hypocritical trial in Freddy Gray case. A Black person was killed, but no killer has been indicted. And here we see the same: people were severely beaten by police, but the court sees no proof of violence against them.