A group of protesters have filed a $40 million federal lawsuit against police in Ferguson and St. Louis County, claiming the departments used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent people during protests following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed teenager.
The stories from the lawsuit are disturbing:
One plaintiff is a clinical social worker says she and her 17-year-old son were treated with excessive force by police and arrested for not leaving McDonald's quickly enough. Another is a 23-year-old man who said he was shot with rubber bullets and called racial slurs while walking through the protest zone on the way to his mother's home. Another man said he was arrested for videotaping the protests.
"This is a blatant example of how police handle African-Americans ... how it can go terribly, terribly wrong. You have a right to peaceful assembly," said attorney Reginald Greene who brought the case.