End Detroit’s counterclaim against Black Lives Matter protesters

Last month, the Detroit City Council voted to spend $200,000 to support the continued litigation of the city’s counterclaim in the federal lawsuit brought by Detroit Will Breathe and several individual protesters regarding the police tactics that were deployed against protesters last summer.

The underlying civil rights lawsuit, Detroit Will Breathe et al. v. City of Detroit et al., asserts that protesters were confronted with unconstitutional police violence and mass arrests during racial justice protests occurring between May and August of 2020. Many others have stated their support for the protests, and the view that the city should be working to remedy DPD’s misconduct, rather than defending it.

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In a 5-4 vote, Council members Roy McCallister Jr.,  André Spivey, Janeé Ayers, Scott Benson and Council President Brenda Jones voted to approve the contract.

We wrote to Detroit City Council expressing our firm belief that they should vote against authorizing funds to continue the City’s wasteful litigation ploy.

More:Detroit trying to bully activists into dropping lawsuit vs. DPD, Duggan, Craig | Opinion

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