Black Lives Matter activists and journalists sue Berkeley cops for protest beatings

Raw Story (via Reuters)
November 23, 2015

Protesters and journalists covering a Black Lives Matter rally in Berkeley, California, have filed a lawsuit alleging “unconstitutional police attacks” on attendees, court records showed.

The civil rights lawsuit was filed in federal court on Sunday by the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the National Lawyers Guild against the city and police of Berkeley and nearby Hayward. The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.

11 file federal lawsuit against city of Berkeley for injuries during December protests

The Daily Californian
November 23, 2015

Eleven individuals who were allegedly injured by police officers during last December’s Black Lives Matter protests filed a civil rights lawsuit against various city entities in federal court Sunday.

Among the plaintiffs are campus senior Nisa Dang, San Francisco Chronicle photographer Sam Wolson and minister Cindy Pincus. The plaintiffs are being represented by various legal counsels from the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, or NLG.

Protesters Sue Berkeley Police for Violence

Courthouse News
November 25, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Berkeley and Hayward police clubbed and gassed protestors and journalists during a Dec. 6, 2014, demonstration against police brutality in Berkeley, 11 people say in a federal civil rights complaint.
     Curtis Johnson et al. say they joined the "March Against State Violence" protest in Berkeley three days after a New York grand jury refused to indict a white New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, a black man, who was illegally selling cigarettes.

National Lawyers Guild joins opposition to Berkeley sidewalk measure

The Daily Californian
September 9, 2012

The National Lawyers Guild has joined the rising opposition against Measure S, a ballot measure that will prohibit sitting on sidewalks in Berkeley if passed by voters this November.

The proposed law will ban sitting on sidewalks in commercial areas in the city between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A first violation of this law would be categorized as a minor infraction and result in a $75 fine or community service, according to the measure’s text, but a second violation could be classified as either an infraction or a misdemeanor.

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