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Ferguson Protesters File Lawsuit Against Police

Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 26, 2014.
Activists raise their hands as they demand justice for the killing of Michael Brown while marching to the Thomas F. Eagleton United States Courthouse from City Hall in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 26, 2014.
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A multi-million-dollar civil lawsuit filed Thursday accuses police officials in Ferguson, Missouri of violating civil rights in the central U.S. town during largely peaceful protests in recent weeks.

Five plaintiffs are seeking $40 million in the federal suit that alleges local police used excessive force, assaulted and unlawfully detained demonstrators after the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager fatally shot by a white police officer in early August.

The City of Ferguson and St. Louis County are named in the suit, as are the police chiefs and police officers of both localities.

Hundreds of protestors were arrested in recent weeks after facing off with police wearing riot gear. Three of the plaintiffs in the suit allege officers shot them with rubber bullets during demonstrations.

In a separate court proceeding, a grand jury in Missouri is examining whether Brown's shooter, Officer Darren Wilson, will face charges in the teen's death.

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by: Mitchell from: Scottsdale
September 04, 2014 5:47 AM
Most of the US citizens who feel threatened by the use of lethal force by Ferguson police are descendants of human beings that were forced into slavery in this country. Great men gave their lives in an effort to uphold the idea that all people are created equal. It is their right if not duty to question, protest and bring to justice any agency or individual who has sworn to uphold the freedom that came at such great cost. This is a local police department that had militarized equipment and weapons ready for fast response to quell riots, but no cameras in patrol cars or on individual officers. The Federal government will have many of the officers terminated, supervise the retraining of a more diverse department and seize a portion of the of the military equipment. The sad part is that the Ferguson Police Department has become an embarrassment to this great country.


by: RobinHood from: U.S.A.
August 30, 2014 1:26 PM
How about if the White community sues the Black community for all the damage they they have done to neighborhoods throughout the United States.


by: Raymond Ghiutz Murdock from: Washington DC
August 29, 2014 2:52 PM
When more time passes it is when most brightens dark situations or misrepresentations. Made a crime happen to be a fait accompli for intolerance in a fruitful benefit. If we were to take as an example a simple violation of transit or apply a fine or penalty in public; where police officers or public servants are attacked verbally and in other cases must flee so that physical integrity is not damaged. Thus we could enumerate a long list of facts occurring every day by those who remain on the fringes of the law with excuses either say be discriminated just by not respecting rules and justice and uphold the principle of force overflowing and doing civil disobedience and insitando violence; a way to get resources that each day is more rampant which contention lies with the police or the National Guard to deter the violent and those who conspire in plot.

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