By Bryce Huffman for BridgeDetroit
Attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild amended a previously filed lawsuit Monday that accuses Detroit Police officers of using excessive-force tactics against legal observers during last summer’s protests that erupted in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.
In the lawsuit, legal observers said they were tear-gassed, beaten, pepper sprayed and shot with rubber bullets by Detroit police.
The lawsuit says the legal observers were documenting and recording Black Lives Matter protests between May and August 2020. The suit alleges the observers were tear-gassed, beaten, pepper sprayed and shot with rubber bullets by police officers, despite wearing bright green “legal observer” hats.