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NEW: Last week, a class action lawsuit was filed against @DCPoliceDept and @ChiefNewsham over the politically targeted mass arrest of the anti-fascist anti-capitalist march during Trump's inauguration on January 20, 2017… #J20
A similar lawsuit was filed by the same attorney, Jeffrey Light, on January 20th immediately after the mass arrest, but was later withdrawn on procedural grounds.… Now, many #J20 defendants with their charges dismissed could potentially join on to the suit
.@DCPoliceDept officials named in class action suit:
-Asst. Chiefs Lamar Greene & Jeffrey Carroll
-Former Asst. Chief Robert Alder
-Cmndr. Keith Deville
-Lt. @paulniepling
-Sgt. Anthony Alioto
-Officers Howden, Washington, Rock, & Thau…
Commander Keith Deville, who instructed officers to corral, detain, and arrest an entire protest march on inauguration day, has made statements indicating he thinks people w anarchist beliefs don't have the right to protest, according to the new complaint.…
As we reported during the first #j20 trial last year, Commander Deville has a history of making disparaging comments about holocaust survivors, gay people, and transgender people while on the job at @DCPoliceDept…
The class action lawsuit demonstrates that by nature of the chain of command in place on #J20, both Assistant Chief Greene & @ChiefNewsham bear direct responsibility for Deville's orders to officers to conduct the mass arrest.…
In fact, we reported on Commander Deville's trial testimony on November 30, 2017 in which he confirmed under oath that he had a phone call with Assistant Chief Lamar Greene right around the time he ordered the mass arrest of the entire protest march.… #J20
Commander Deville also admitted under oath that when ordering the mass arrest on #J20 he wasn't “differentiating who was demonstrating and who was rioting.” The lawsuit claims @ChiefNewsham made a similar call.…
The complaint also uses sworn testimony by Deville to prove that @DCPoliceDept knew the group detained at 12th & L streets contained many journalists, and despite this knowledge, they decided to arrest the journalists along with everyone else present.… #J20
The complaint details conditions when everyone mass arrested at #J20 anti-Trump protest was detained outside for up to 11hrs w/o food, water, restrooms, or medical care. @DCPoliceDept slow-walked arrests to "in order to maximize the detainees’ discomfort"…
.@DCPoliceDept made statements to people mass arrested at #j20 inauguration protest such as “If you wanted to go to the bathroom, you shouldn’t have gotten arrested” & told one arrestee she should she should “shit [her] pants" to prove she needed a toilet.…
.@DCPoliceDept officials named in #J20 class action face counts of Violation of 1st Amendment, Common Law False Arrest, 2 counts of Negligence Per Se/Violation of 1st Amendment Assemblies Act, Violation of 1st Amendment, & Violations of 4th/5th Amendments…
Numerous statements given by @ChiefNewsham to the media after #J20 show his lack of remorse for the false mass arrest, and his belief that is was a correct thing for police to do. The class action suit cites these statements as evidence of his guilt.…
The lawsuit demands a jury trial & seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. The case also asks the court to officially declare that the mass arrest ordered by @ChiefNewsham & his @DCPoliceDept subordinates on #J20 was unlawful.…
.@DCPoliceDept, @ChiefNewsham & other officials already face a separate @ACLU_DC suit over many of the same abuses named in the class action complaint.… @ThePCJF is also suing Newsham for his refusal to release records of his ordering the #J20 mass arrest.
DC has already paid multi-million dollar settlements over lawsuits stemming from similar mass arrests involving @ChiefNewsham. The District paid $14 million settling a suit over 2002 mass arrest of IMF protesters. $3M went to defending Newsham personally…
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