As the rage continues in Ferguson, protesters are suing the city for $41.5 million dollars.
Black Lawyers for Justice of Washington, D.C. filed the court documents in the U.S. District Court in St. Louis on behalf of six protesters. The defendants claim they were arrested and beaten, tear-gassed and/or shot with rubber bullets, endured excessive and unnecessary force, false arrest as well as a violation of other civil rights.
Malik Z. Shabazz, founder and national director of Black Lawyers for Justice, will be the victims’ attorney. He said at a press conference outside the courthouse “police were completely out of control.” Shabazz called the events, which occurred from Aug. 10 to Aug. 13, “virtually a police riot.”
Dewayne Matthews Jr., Tracey White and her 17-year-old son, Damon Coleman and Theophilus Green are some of the plaintiffs listed.
Following a peace rally, White and her son waited for White’s husband at a local McDonald’s. It was then police bearing rifles rushed in. White was arrested for “failure to disperse.” Along with her son, White was detained for four to five hours.
According to St. Louis Today, Ferguson and St. Louis County officials could not be reached for comment.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a separate hearing over the police response.