DETROIT is suing BLM activists for a “civil conspiracy” after protests “repeatedly turned violent,” reports say.
The counter lawsuit was filed after Black Lives Matter protesters won a restraining order on September 4 against city cops following the demonstrations that raged there this summer.
The lawsuit was filed after Detroit Will Breathe won a restraining order limiting cops’ use of force[/caption]
After the court issued the issued temporary orders restricting the use of police force, the Michigan city retaliated with a counter-claim of their own.
The suit alleged demonstrators “have repeatedly turned violent, endangering the lives of police and the public” to protest George Floyd‘s police custody death in Minnesota on May 25.
Detroit claimed there was a “civil conspiracy” afoot as BLM activists “defamed” the mayor and police, arguing that the city should be awarded damages, The Intercept reported.
During the four protests in MI’s largest city, officers reportedly sustained injuries like “cracked vertebrae, lacerations, and concussions.”
The city alleges that this should invalidate “Detroit Will Breathe’s” claims they should be protected by the First Amendment.
This civil case filed in August alleged that police “repeatedly responded with violence” and they sustained injuries like broken ribs, concussions, a collapsed lung, a fractured pelvis as a result.
Rep Rashida Tlaib blasted the city’s counter claim as “an unthinkable assault on our constitutional rights,” in a Detroit Free Press op-ed last month.
In September, a judge ordered Detroit’s police to stop using batons, shields, rubber bullets and other anti-riot tools and crowd dispersal tactics after the BLM activists’ filing.
The plaintiffs were Detroit Will Breathe, Tristan Taylor, Nakia Wallace, Jazten Bass, Lauren Rosen, and others.
The Defendants City of Detroit, Mayor Michael Duggan, City Police Chief James Craig, Officer Stephen Anouti, Officer David Hornshaw, Officer Mariah Erard, Sergeant and Timothy Barr.
Craig denied that officers used force against peaceful protesters when demonstrations erupted and clashes ensued with police.
He previously told the Detroit News: “If someone is resisting arrest, or trying to attack our officers, we will use the force that’s both reasonable and necessary to overcome the resistance.
“We don’t want the protesters injured, and we don’t want officers injured, either.”
Protesters reportedly asked members of the City Council to cut off funding for the city’s legal action.
The National Police Association is backing Detroit’s lawsuit after tensions reached boiling point in the wake of Floyd’s death at the knee of a Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin.
Craig reportedly said that he is supported by Democratic Mayor, Mike Duggan, who praised his policing of the protests after demonstrators demanded Craig resign while protests raged.
In September, Craig issued a statement saying he was “excited that they want me to resign” because it illustrates the disconnect that they have with the people in the city of Detroit.
Duggan said, “Chief Craig has the kind of job approval ratings politicians only wish for,” reported WDIV.
“I think he is doing an outstanding job and we haven’t seen any looting or fires every other major city has seen.”
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Tristan Taylor, a BLM activist and plaintiff in the original lawsuit against the city, claimed Detroit was trying to silence their message.
“These attacks against us are a way of attempting to minimize our ability to go on the offensive and call for transparency and accountability,” he told The Intercept.
“This is just a way of saying to people, ‘This is not a place where you can raise your voice.’”