Rochester woman charged in U.S.Capitol attack files lawsuit citing police brutality

(ABC 6 News) – A Rochester woman charged in the U.S. Capitol insurrection last January has now filed a civil complaint against the District of Columbia, the Chief of Metropolitan Police and multiple Metropolitan Police officers.

Victoria Charity White filed paperwork with the U.S. District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 5. In those documents White’s attorney, Joseph D. McBride states she was “engaged in protected speech and/or activity and peaceful assembly by peacefully protesting at the U.S. Capitol building” when she was “(1) beaten, (2) assaulted, (3) battered, (4) physically abused, (5) subjected to false imprisonment by being grabbed and prevented from escaping physical abuse and punishment without probable cause or just reason.”

The documents also state White “did not harm, threaten, or pose any threat to any federal or state agent while exercising her First Amendment and other rights” and that she was “beaten with a metal baton approximately 35 times and punched in the face five times at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, by a Metropolitan Police Officer believed to be a lieutenant, aided and abetted by other police officers.”

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The lawsuit seeks relief and judgment as allowed by law, costs incurred in an amount of $1,000,000.00, as may be proven at trial, attorneys’ fees, costs, and any other further relief the Court deem just and proper.

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White pleaded not guilty to charges of entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds; Disorderly and Disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds; Violent entry and Disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds; Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol building; Impeding or Attempting to impede law enforcement officers; Obstruction of Justice/Congress.

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White is demanding a trial by jury on all counts as to all issues so triable.