Federal lawsuit claims police brutality at Ferguson protests

Posted: Aug 28, 2014 6:25 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Aug 28, 2014 7:44 PM

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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal lawsuit filed Thursday accused police in Ferguson and St. Louis County of using excessive force and falsely arresting innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

There are five plaintiffs in the suit including a clinical social worker who said she and her 17-year-old son were roughed up and arrested after not evacuating a McDonald's quickly enough. A 23-year-old man said he was shot multiple times with rubber bullets and called racial slurs while walking through the protest zone to his mother's home. One man said he was arrested for filming the disturbances.

The lawsuit seeks $40 million in damages. Attorney Malik Shabazz said it could be broadened to include additional plaintiffs.

Officials in Ferguson and Clayton declined comment.

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