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Judge temporarily bans Detroit police from chokeholds, rubber bullets against protesters

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(C) Reuters. Detroit Police officers stand outside the 12th precinct during a protest

By Kanishka Singh

(Reuters) – A federal judge temporarily barred Detroit police from the use of striking weapons, chokeholds, chemical agents and rubber bullets against demonstrators, medical support personnel and legal observers in the city’s ongoing anti-racism protests.

U.S. District Court Judge Laurie Michelson partially granted a restraining order late on Friday after activist group “Detroit Will Breathe” alleged that the police had responded to peaceful demonstrations with “beatings, tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, sound cannons, flash grenades, chokeholds, and mass arrests without probable cause.”

The group said such police tactics were violations of “First and Fourth Amendment rights”, which include the practice of free speech, according to filings made in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

The motion of the activist group for a temporary restraining order focused principally on clashes that occurred between May 29 and June 2, on July 10, and on Aug. 22.

“The Court finds that temporary injunctive relief is warranted and grants in part plaintiffs’ motion for a Temporary Restraining Order,” Judge Michelson said in Friday’s order, which will be in effect for at least 14 days.

Demonstrations against racism and police brutality have swept the United States since the death in May of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

“This is a victory to be sure, but it is the first battle in what’s about to be a long war,” Detroit Will Breathe said after the order.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig was quoted by The Associated Press as saying the order will not change how his officers handle protests because they have used force only when protesters were not peaceful.

In July, a Detroit police officer was charged with an unprovoked attack against three credentialed journalists, shooting them with rubber pellets in May as a protest they were covering in downtown Detroit was winding down.

Judge temporarily bans Detroit police from chokeholds, rubber bullets against protesters

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