The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday filed a lawsuit on behalf of volunteer medics alleging that local and federal law enforcement officers have targeted and attacked them at protests in Portland, Ore.
“In well-documented incidents, police and federal agents brutally attacked volunteer medics with rubber bullets, lunge fuel, pepper spray, batons, and flash-bangs,” the ACLU mentioned in a launch announcing the lawsuit.
The lawsuit argues that law enforcement attacks on the volunteer medics violates the First and 14th Amendments, and the ACLU is looking out for a court repeat prohibiting law enforcement from focusing on and attacking medics again.
Savannah Guest, a volunteer medic and plaintiff in the case, used to be considered in a video “being attacked by federal agents as Guest offered aid to an incapacitated bystander,” in accordance with the ACLU. Guest called the interaction “horrible.”
“Every human being deserves wait on, nonetheless the federal agents showed no humanity or field,” Guest mentioned in the ACLU launch.
Spokespeople for the Portland Police Division, Division of Fatherland Security (DHS) and U.S. Marshals Service had been not straight away accessible for comment.
This is the 2d lawsuit the ACLU of Oregon has filed against town of Portland and the Trump administration over the officers’ response to the protests. The ACLU filed a lawsuit final week after DHS and the U.S. Marshals companies deployed agents to quell demonstrations in Portland.
Democrats, in conjunction with Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, have condemned the utilize of federal agents in town. Wheeler has argued the federal officers are leading to additional violence in town.