The LMPD and the City of Louisville are being sued over allegations that state officials engaged in excessive force against protesters in the region. The lawsuit has been launched by the ACLU, along with the NAACP. This is a class-action lawsuit that is now moving forward against them.
The lawsuit is calling for an end to the use of tear gas and pepper balls being used by the state actors against protesters to try and control the situation and the people they rule over.
They argue that their actions have been unconstitutional and excessive.
Especially when we have no proof as to exactly who those instigators were in every circumstance.
As soon as any violence is engaged in the state jumps at the chance to silence the narrative and use violence against the people, it works out so well for them that it is almost as if that's exactly what they wanted to happen. But they only demonstrate their tyranny when they engage in that behavior.
Those behind the lawsuit argue that the city is choosing to silence them and using military-type weapons and tactics to try and do it. They say these tactics are seen in authoritarian regimes and shouldn't be witnessed in a place like the United States which pretends to be a Constitutional Republic that adheres to protecting Constitutional natural rights.
“LMPD, using this kind of force, where it’s completely unjustified is what cost Brianna Taylor her life, cost David McAfee his life, and it’s what’s keeping these protesters sort of from actually participating in the end of the public speech and debate process,” A. Chandran with LDF said.
It's pretty clear to see that this is the same play unfolding repeatedly whenever people take to the streets with a message; the state is quick to move to silence free speech. Constitutionally protected rights to peacefully gather and engage in peaceful protest are the core of freedom in the United States and if you need to get a permission slip first, then it is clear what tyranny you are living under.
“When police officers are firing pepper bullets indiscriminately into the crowd, when they’re firing tear gas that’s affecting hundreds of people all together in a crowd, that is not a tailored action in response to probable cause that a crime had been committed, which is what the law requires. That’s an excessive use of force that violates your constitutional rights,” - A. Tucek, ACLU.
The actions of a few possible violent or destructive protesters (or even many) doesn't give the state the justification to violate the Constitutional rights of them all, of every person that is out there. They don't get to tell people when they can leave their homes or shoot at people for simply being on their own property and looking at officers walking down their neighborhood on their street. That isn't what freedom looks like. But this sort of broad violence being pushed onto the people by the government is exactly what we have witnessed them move to do on repeated occasion whenever political protests erupt.