Saturday, September 5, 2020

Lawsuit: BLM protesters say they were treated more harshly than pro-police demonstrators in Kenosha

From The Journal

Adam Rogan

A woman who had been banging on street light and trolley poles with a metal object is taken into custody on the night of Saturday, Aug. 29, at Kenosha's Civic Center Park.

KENOSHA — A class-action discrimination lawsuit, filed Tuesday in federal court by four people who were arrested for breaking Kenosha’s curfew during protests, alleges that their rights were inappropriately infringed upon while pro-police demonstrators were allowed to “roam” without harassment by law enforcement.

The lawsuit points out that more than 100 protesters were arrested “for violating the County imposed curfew order, yet in spite of the presence of pro-police protesters and militias, NOT A SINGLE PRO-POLICE demonstrator has been arrested” for violating curfew.

The lawsuit alleges that the Kenosha Police Department and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department used the curfew “to silence the voices of those who peacefully demonstrate against police brutality while allowing pro-police activists and militias to roam the streets without fear of arrest.” Unrest unfolded in the city after the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer.

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