Thursday, August 28, 2014

Missouri police sued for $40 million over actions in Ferguson protests

A group of people caught up in unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, after a white officer killed a black teenager, sued local officials on Thursday, alleging civil rights violations through arrests and police assaults with rubber bullets and tear gas.

The suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, says law enforcement met a broad public outcry over the Aug. 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown with "militaristic displays of force and weaponry," (and) engaged U.S. citizens "as if they were war combatants."

The lawsuit seeks a total of $40 million on behalf of six plaintiffs, including a 17-year-old boy who was with his mother in a fast-food restaurant when they were arrested. Each of the plaintiffs was caught up in interactions with police over a period from Aug. 11 to 13, the suit allege.

Named as defendants are the city of Ferguson, St. Louis County, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Delmar, Ferguson police officer Justin Cosmo,


  1. That should be pretty normal now days. Why are you people outraged by this news? I am selling a Casio watch as Swiss watch on e-bay for $2500 so what is wrong with that?
    Whomever buy that watch, he will be safe and sound waring it and walking on the street with it. No?

  2. I hope they get laughed out of court...

    "They hurt my feelings" or "they were all scary and militaristic looking" aren't valid causes of action...

    If these people want their ghetto lotto payout they need a specific, articulable, provable cause of action, which means there needs to be a law violation or tort injury by the police (which I highly doubt for most of these complainants.)

    Maybe they don't realize that under some conditions police interacting with the public more or less "as if they were war combatants" is perfectly appropriate.