A class action lawsuit has been filed against the City of Portland, Oregon over the use of tear gas by police to disperse protesters rallying against police brutality. The complaint alleges the use of chemical agents violates protester’s constitutional rights and increases the risk of COVID-19 infections.
The suit was filed in Oregon federal court late Friday by two protesters along with social justice advocacy group Don’t Shoot Portland, and seeks to obtain a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction preventing police from using tear gas as a crowd control tactic.
The case is Don’t Shoot Portland et al. v. City of Portland, case number 3:20-cv-00917, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon.
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