|Section 1983 Civil Rights|
In this case, the Plaintiffs alleged they were peacefully demonstrating. Cops were “herding” demonstrators, using batons to beat unarmed demonstrators. Officers and soon-to-be defendants were spraying pepper spray, firing bean bags, pepper spray balls, tear gas, and other weapons. The court ruled that the Police chief, deputy chief, and captain violated clearly established law in their supervisory capacities. The court found the supervisors had directed their subordinates to use less-than-lethal weapons to disperse a crowd at a public demonstration and then subsequently failed to stop that conduct.
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