Republican convention protesters file suit over detention Jeannie Shawl at 9:13 AM ET
[JURIST] Lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights and the New York chapter of the National Lawyers Guild have filed a class action suit against New York city officials, saying the officials violated the constitutional rights of protestors by orchestrating massive arrests and detentions during the Republican National Convention. Initially filed on behalf of twenty-three people, the suit seeks a permanent ban on the use of mass arrests as a means of crowd control during political demonstrations. As previously reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, the ACLU also filed two federal lawsuits last month over arrests made during the convention. Those suits allege that the New York police held those arrested longer than allowed and fingerprinted many who were only accused of minor crimes. Tuesday's Washington Post has more.
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