Jury Awards $14 Million to Demonstrators Injured in George Floyd Protests

Federal Jury Awards $14 Million to Demonstrators Injured in George Floyd Protests

A federal jury has awarded $14 million in damages to 12 Denver protesters. The jury found that Denver police used excessive force against protesters, violating their constitutional rights. The protesters were hit with pepper balls and a bag filled with lead during the 2020 demonstrations over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. 

According to court documents, attorneys argued that the aggressive response to the protesters, and the injuries sustained, were a direct consequence of how the city failed to properly train and supervise police officers. One protester ended up in intensive care after he suffered a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain.

The jury of two men and six women, returned their verdict after about four hours of deliberations. The verdict followed three weeks of testimony and evidence that included police and protester video of incidents.

“Unfortunately, Denver Police Department officers and other law enforcement officers responding to assist encountered extreme destructive behavior from some agitators among largely peaceful protestors,” the City and County of Denver told CNN in a statement.”We recognize that some mistakes were made.”

A total of five Denver police officers were disciplined for their actions during the protests. And according to the department, another officer, who was new and still on probation, was fired after posting a photo of himself and others dressed in tactical gear on social media with the comment “Let’s start a riot.”

 

 

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