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LA Police Sued Over Democratic Convention Protests

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four activist groups sued the city of Los Angeles and its police
department in federal court on Thursday claiming that officers who clubbed and shot protesters with
pepper spray and rubber bullets at the Democratic National Convention last year, violated their U.S.
constitutional rights.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Four activist groups sued the city of Los Angeles and its police
department in federal court on Thursday claiming that officers who clubbed and shot protesters with
pepper spray and rubber bullets at the Democratic National Convention last year, violated their U.S.
constitutional rights.


``LAPD (news - web sites)'s unconstitutional use of force targets everyone and anyone who dares to
speak out about the injustices of our society,'' James Lafferty, executive director of the Los Angeles
chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, said at a press conference outside police headquarters
Thursday.


``Its target is the right to dissent. Its target is constitutional government as we know it.''


Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Sgt. John Pasquariello, who attended the press conference
as an observer, told Reuters: ``We're against police brutality too.'' He refused to comment further.


The suit, filed in federal district court by the Lawyers Guild, the American Civil Liberties Union (news -
web sites) and two coalitions against police brutality, seeks unspecified punitive and compensatory
damages as well as an end to alleged police tactics it claims violated protesters' rights under the First,
Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.


Among its claims the suit details a variety of measures -- some of them violent -- that officers allegedly
used to deliberately suppress free speech, and block protesters' rights to peacefully assemble and
petition the government at the DNC last August and at a protest outside LAPD headquarters last
October.


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