DENVER — A jury on Friday awarded $14 million to 12 plaintiffs in a federal civil rights trial over the Denver Police Department’s actions during protests after the 2020 murder of George Floyd.
Twelve protesters brought the federal case against Denver, claiming their civil rights were violated during the protests. Over the three-week trial, the jury heard allegations of excessive force and police brutality.
The plaintiffs and their lawyers said they were protesting peacefully, exercising their First Amendment rights, and did nothing to deserve what they got from Denver police — specifically, sprayed with tear gas and shot with pepper balls.
For their part, lawyers for the city said the violence and destruction caused by the protesters required a response. They said dozens of officers were injured by rocks and other projectiles thrown by the protesters. They also estimate the protests caused millions of dollars in property damage.
This is good news as far as I’m concerned. I’m sure it will be appealed. The unfortunate part is, I believe the award will be paid out of taxpayer money…
The videos from that summer were horrific, including police shooting pepper balls into moving vehicles. One car was a couple, the woman pregnant, driving home, not involved in the protests at all. All well documented by news crews and personal video. Enough to convince a jury.
I know there were brutal videos from all over the country, but Denver PD seemed to have some terrible offenses for what were peaceful demonstrations.
This is an open thread