ACLU wins lawsuit against City of Minneapolis
(ABC 6 News) – After a nearly 3 ½ year legal battle, the America Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota has won nearly $1 million in its case against the City of Minneapolis.
The case surrounds claims made by journalists, who say they were attacked by Minneapolis Police for covering the George Floyd protests in 2020.
The settlement comes, according to the ACLU, amid a dramatic increase in assaults on journalists since 2020, with roughly 80% coming from law enforcement.
“What we saw in Minneapolis during the George Floyd protest was repeated all over again during the Dante Wright protests. Our clients were pepper sprayed, they were beaten, pushed to the ground, cameras smashed,” said Edward Schwartz, a pro-bono lawyer with the ACLU of Reed Smith LLC.
The city and MPD did not agree to make any reforms as part of the settlement.