INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Ñ
Protesters who were met with tear gas and other weapons by the Indianapolis
Metropolitan Police Department while demonstrating against police brutality
sued the city Thursday to halt the use of the chemical agents and
The federal lawsuit
was filed on behalf of Indy10 Black Lives Matter and individual protesters
by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. It argues that the use of
chemical agents and projectiles for crowd control violates the First
IMPD has used tear
gas and pepper balls against protesters during several demonstrations
following the the shooting death of a black man, Dreasjon Reed, by an
Indianapolis police officer and the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
“Excessive use of
force against protesters chills free speech, and widens the rift of distrust
between communities and the police that are sworn to serve them,” Ken Falk,
legal director at the ACLU of Indiana, said in a statement.
must commit to no further harm being done to demonstrators, and to ban the
use of excessive force, including pepper pellets, tear gas and flashbang
grenades,” Indy10 Black Lives Matter said in a statement.
The city’s Office
of Corporation Counsel declined to comment on the lawsuit.