D. C. Police Department

How many times must the D. C. Police Dept. be sued to agree to respect the civil and human rights of folks who go to the nation’s capitol to protest?

As I remember ( always a dubious proposition), it was May Day in 1970 when D.C. and federal Park police swept the streets of just about everyone, whether walking to work, shopping, protesting, or otherwise, and locked folks up in Kennedy Stadium. The police department was subsequently sued and agreed to not do it again.

Police Agree to Protester Reforms
Lawsuit Alleging Abuse During 2001 Inauguration Is Settled

By Carol D. Leonnig
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 22, 2006; B02

The D.C. police department agreed yesterday to pay $685,000 and take steps to protect protesters from police abuse and ensure their rights to settle a lawsuit over the treatment of demonstrators at President Bush’s inauguration in 2001.

The lawsuit uncovered evidence that the department had suspended rules limiting the use of force during the protests, had pressed undercover officers to infiltrate protest groups and had sought to provoke protesters and uninvolved bystanders by attacking them with batons and pepper spray.


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