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Fri Jun 11, 2021, 11:10 AM

Class action lawsuit filed against City of Phoenix, police chief for mass arrests

Twenty three people who Phoenix police rounded up and arrested for unfounded felony rioting charges filed a federal class action lawsuit against the City of Phoenix, Police Chief Jeri Williams and three other employees of the Phoenix Police Department.

The lawsuit, filed May 28, alleges Williams and Lieutenant Benjamin Moore, Sergeant Douglas McBride and Commander Dennis Orender conspired to plan and approve “mass arrests of 124 individuals, and the use of a manufactured, cut-and-paste probable cause statement to support false felony charges.”

The arrests took place in downtown Phoenix following a May 30, 2020 protest to denounce the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Dion Johnson in Phoenix, and other Black Americans killed after encounters with police.

Most of the people arrested were leaving the scene of the protest, the lawsuit claims, after police used “indiscriminate deployments of tear gas, pepper spray, pepper balls, rubber-coated bullets, and beanbag rounds into a crowd of hundreds of non-violent protesters.”

Read more: https://www.azmirror.com/2021/06/10/class-action-lawsuit-filed-against-city-of-phoenix-police-chief-for-mass-arrests/

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